Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (TMJ) is a common condition characterized by severe headaches, jaw pain of varying degrees, and grinding teeth. Contact Canmore Smiles' Dr. Grant Moldenhauer & Dr. Brian Piercy for treatment of TMJ. Majority of TMJ sufferers are unaware that the root cause of these problems is something that a dentist can treat. The symptoms of TMJ are debilitating and can interfere with everyday life. The comfort and general well-being of the patient is at the heart of the dental practice, so pain relief is the first consideration of the dentist. The dentist is able to test, diagnose, and devise an immediate plan to treat the underlying causes of the TMJ disorder. If you are experiencing any symptoms of TMJ, we encourage you to contact us today.
Reasons for Treating TMJ
TMJ sufferers report that their symptoms generally worsen during periods of prolonged or unexpected stress, and that intense outbreaks of the condition can lead to neck pain and dizziness.
The most common cause of TMJ is the misalignment of the teeth, often called “bad bite.” It is possible for the dentist to realign or adjust the teeth without the need for painful or expensive surgeries. The realignment/adjustment will stop the pounding headaches, the jaw pain, and the dizziness.
The grinding teeth symptom is particularly common and usually occurs at night. The grinding will eventually erode the structure of the teeth and lead to much more severe dental problems in the future. Untreated TMJ is one of the prime underlying factors in eroded jawbones and loose teeth.
Hence, it is important to visit the dentist for an exact diagnosis.
What Does Treating TMJ Involve?
TMJ could be a result of several different problems. An injury resulting from a blow to the meniscus cartilage is also a possibility. Initially, the dentist will examine the jaw area, the patients bite, take X-rays, and review the patient’s history in order to make a diagnosis and recommend necessary treatment. After diagnosis, a specially molded bite guard can be created to stop teeth grinding during the night. The dentist can also provide advice on relaxation techniques which will lessen the effects of stress. As a last alternative, the dentist is also able to prescribe muscle relaxants.
A better option is to change the shape of the teeth and get rid of the bad bite completely, often called “realignment.” This is especially useful because it alleviates TMJ symptoms and may improve the aesthetic appearance of the teeth as well. Realignment is not a painful procedure, and it is one the dentist has performed with great success numerous times.
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Our surgeons will realign your teeth and correct bite-irregularities.