When you think about dentistry, you probably think about your teeth and gums, but the truth is, our knowledge goes much deeper and broader than that! Your Calgary dentists are well-educated in the form and function of the entire craniofacial region including the teeth, jaws, face, head, and neck, and can help treat chronic pain and tension associated with TMJ dysfunction.
TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint or the jaw joint. TMD is used to describe any pain or dysfunction of the jaw joint, but the terms TMJ, TMD, TMJD, and TMJ dysfunction are often used interchangeably.
It’s important to note that 90% of TMD sufferers are women in their childbearing years, and that stress is a primary factor in developing a jaw dysfunction. TMJ dysfunction can be caused by any number of factors, including bad habits like nail biting and teeth grinding, but can also be caused by a traumatic injury.
Do I have TMJ?
The most common symptoms of TMJ dysfunction include teeth grinding and clenching; jaw pain, popping, locking, or clicking; chronic headaches, migraines, or neck pain; worn-down teeth or tooth pain.
Before we can create a TMJ treatment plan, we need to determine the source of the problem. We use digital imaging technology to help us in the diagnostic process and get to the root of the issue.
If your TMJ dysfunction is caused by malocclusion (tooth and bite misalignment), we may recommend orthodontics. If your TMD is caused by bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), we may recommend a custom nightguard to wear during sleep. If it’s a traumatic injury or a problem with the structure of the joint itself, jaw surgery may be necessary. However, we do have a treatment method that can actually prevent chronic pain and minimize tension without invasive surgical techniques—therapeutic Botox®.
Botox® for pain relief?
Yes! Botox has been approved by the FDA to treat chronic pain and tension associated with TMJ dysfunction, and Dr. Crawford and Dr. Reddy have received the necessary training to provide safe, convenient Botox treatment in our office. By preventing micro muscle contractions, we can help relax your craniofacial region and prevent the tension that’s causing your pain. Learn more about Botox on our Botox page!
971 64th Ave NE #112
Calgary, Alberta T2E 7P4
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