If so, give us a call today for your Free Consultation. You may be suffering from an under-diagnosed problem known as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMD.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the name of the joint located on either side of your head, just in front of your ears. These joints connect your jawbone to skull. This joint in combination with other muscles and ligaments, lets you chew, swallow, speak and yawn. When you have a problem with the muscle, bone or other tissue in the area in and around the TMJ, you may have a TMD.
This condition is caused by a combination of factors like jaw injuries and joint disease, such as arthritis. It is believed that bruxism (tooth clenching or grinding) and head or neck muscle tension may make TMD symptoms worse. Stress is also a possible factor. However, it is not clear if stress causes TMDs or is a result of them.
For patients with headaches or facial pain, our dentist does an examination and a series of tests to rule in or out your joints, teeth or facial muscles as a source of your distress. Testing for sleep apnea is often considered because of the high correlation with TMJ issues. For some patients, treatment can be done via orthodontic techniques such as Invisalign.
If you or your loved ones suffer from TMD, feel free to call us to book your free consultations at Copperwood Dental in West Edmonton or Laurel Dental in South Edmonton