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South Calgary Orthodontist | McKenzie Orthodontics | TMD/TMJ TreatmentMany people suffer from unexplained chronic and acute facial and neck pain and recurring headaches. What most people do not realize is their jaw joint may be the root of the cause of their concerns.

Your temporomandibular joints, also known as TMJ, is what connects your lower jawbone to your skull. The TMJ is responsible for jaw movement, including speech, chewing, swallowing, and yawning. Pain in the TMJ can be very painful and often restricts jaw movement. Problems associated with the jaw are known as TMD — which stands for Temporomandibular Disorder.

Symptoms of TMD include:

  • Pain in the jaw
  • Ear pain, including ringing and/or stuffiness
  • Frequent headaches
  • Neck aches and pains
  • Clicking or popping noises as the jaw moves
  • Muscle spasms in the jaw
  • Change in how the top and bottom teeth are aligned
  • Locked jaw or limited opening of the mouth

If you suffer from any one of these symptoms, Dr. Sharma can determine if you have TMD and will custom a treatment plan specifically to help relieve symptoms of TMJ.

TMD/TMJ Treatment Options

There are many TMD/TMJ treatment options available. Your specific treatment will depend on factors such as your overall health, medical history, tolerance of medications and mouth appliances, and the extent of your TMJ disorder.

Common TMD/TMJ treatments include stress management techniques, appliances to stop clenching of the jaw, pain medications, mouth exercises, heat and cold compresses, and dental appliances such as mouth guards.

Tips for alleviating TMD pain include:

  • Relaxing your facial muscles by practicing “Lips together, teeth “
  • Avoiding chewing gum or sticky candies
  • Chewing food evenly on both sides of your mouth
  • Practice good posture by keeping your head up, your back straight, and your shoulders squared

Dr. Angela Sharma’s primary focus is relieving your pain through TMD/TMJ treatment. To learn more, please schedule your consultation at McKenzie Orthodontics.

Our practice always welcomes new patients – no referral is required!

Call us at (403) 262-3696 to book your Orthodontic consultation with us today!