Are suffering pain or tenderness in the area in front of your ear? Are you suffering an occasional feeling of your jaw being stuck open or closed? Do you sometimes suffer facial muscle spams? Do you have clicking or popping sounds when you open your mouth? Do you suffer headaches that start in front and then spread to the rest of your head or neck? If you answered yes to any of the above, then your jaw problems can be the source of significant discomfort.
Sometimes, a “bad bite” or what is technically referred to as malocclusion can contribute to TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder). In other words, when your teeth are misaligned they may put an added strain on the head and neck muscles, joints and teeth. When your muscles are overloaded, they compensate by constantly contracting. These contractions lead to muscle spasm, pain, soreness. This can result in a headache, jaw pain, or pounding/crushing pain. This can also lead to neck and back issues, as your body tries to compensate.
You may wonder how we are able to determine that the cause of your headaches is a result of a bad bite? The same question can be asked if you are experiencing some other problem, such as sleep issues, arthritis, or other medical issues? By evaluating you from your feet to your head, we’ll do our best to determine the cause of your symptoms and treat your pain accordingly, or work with the right healthcare provider to get you the best results possible. Headaches and jaw pain can be something simple, or something complex. Understanding the cause can help determine this.
If you are diagnosed with a ‘Bad Bite’ or TMJ/TMD we often start treatment by fitting you with a stabilization appliance, often known as a nightguard. Once we have a diagnosis, we can begin to correct the cause in the most conservative way possible. This sometimes means we need to create a team of healthcare providers around you. An open mind often allows us to see where the problem is coming from … and sometimes it is not dental! Identifying cause is the most important step. Regardless of who you choose to see, an accurate diagnosis is critical.
We know a good night’s sleep is important for your overall health and wellness which is why we offer NW Calgary TMJ Treatment to help you eliminate your teeth grinding.
We also offer extended hours on Tuesday & Wednesdays for your family’s convenience.