TMJ

TMJ TREATMENT & Therapy in Red Deer

Many people suffer from problems with their temporomandibular joint (or TMJ), which connects the lower jaw to the skull. These problems can come in the form of having difficulty chewing, a tired feeling in your face and frequent headaches. These are all signs that you could be suffering from a disorder related to this joint. Visit Parkland Mall Dental Centre for an effective TMJ treatment in Red Deer.


What Is TMJ Disorder?

The joint connecting the jaw with the temporal bones of the skull is known as a temporomandibular joint. Temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMD, occurs when there are problems with the muscles and jaws in the face. Unlike other joints in the body, TMJ is unique when it comes to its structure, which is composed of a rounded protrusion of the mandible and a disk-like structure.

Similar to other joints in the body, the TMJ can get fractured, swell and become sore because of which there may be a limited movement of the lower jaw and pain from head to neck. A fracture is rare, but it can be displaced resulting in severe pain and swelling.


POSSIBLE SIGNS OF Temporomandibular disorders (TMD)

Oftentimes the pain can be very severe and difficult to deal with in your everyday life. The dental team at Parkland Mall Dental Centre is able to provide our patients with TMJ therapy in Red Deer to help relieve your pain. All of the following symptoms are signs that you could be suffering from TMD:

  • Pain in your neck, shoulders, ears or jaw joints
  • Trouble hearing or experiencing a ringing in your ears
  • Clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth in your sleep
  • Clicking or grating sounds around your jaw when you open or close your mouth
  • Constant feeling of tiredness, especially in your face
  • Continuous headaches or recurring migraines
  • Difficulty chewing or being unable to open your mouth wide
  • Jaw feels locked in an open or closed position
  • Swelling on one or both sides of your face

Your dentist at Parkland Mall Dental Centre will be able to examine your jaw to discover what is causing your pain or discomfort, as well as create a treatment plan based on your symptoms. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.


Tips to Keep TMJ in Good Health

  • Regular visits to a dentist
  • Routine dental exam from dental hygienists
  • Proper brushing and the use of fluoridated toothpaste


TMJ Treatments

Sometimes, TMJ disorders go without any treatment. However, if symptoms persist, your doctor may recommend various treatment options like:

  • Medications including pain relievers and anti-inflammatories
  • Nondrug therapies
  • Surgical and other procedures like:
    • Arthrocentesis
    • Injections
    • TMJ arthroscopy
    • Modified condylotomy
    • Open-joint surgery

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