The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect your jawbone to the skull, supporting your ability to bite, speak and yawn. Issues such as arthritis, teeth clenching, jaw misalignment and breakdown of cartilage can affect the joints, leading to TMJ disorder. When left untreated, TMJ disorder can cause pain and discomfort in your jaw and muscles. If the condition progresses without proper treatment, you may experience issues such as wear and tear of the teeth from clenching and grinding, a higher risk of developing degenerative diseases, and a poorly aligned bite. At Appleway Dental Clinics, we offer a range of TMJ treatments in Red Deer and surrounding areas.
Some of the signs and symptoms of TMJ problems may include:
Pain and discomfort in the face or jaw muscles
Neck and shoulder pain and tightness
Worn or broken teeth
Clicking or popping of the jaw
Uncomfortable or more than one bite alignment
Inability to open the mouth (lockjaw)
TMJ Disorder Treatment
At Appleway Dental Clinics, our general dentist uses various methods to help patients deal with TMD. Patients should undergo a complete bite analysis to determine the source of the problem and the alternative to fix it. Some patients may benefit from orthodontic treatments, while others may benefit from a modification in their diet. While tooth protection therapy, appliance therapy and bite reconstruction are generally considered, in more severe cases, jaw surgery may be recommended.
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