NW Calgary TMD & TMJ Assessment
Our dentist in NW Calgary is here to give you relief from headaches and jaw pain.
What Causes Jaw Pain?
Clenching, grinding, and more.
Jaw problems can cause significant discomfort, pain, headaches, and teeth grinding and clenching. This TMJ pain is often due to a “bad bite” (aka malocclusion). In simple terms, how your teeth bite together can cause added strain on the head and neck muscles, joints, and teeth.
When the muscles of your head, face, and jaw are overloaded, they compensate by continually contracting, which may lead to muscle spasms and soreness. Unfortunately, a headache or pounding/crushing pain often follows.
Our dentist may help treat your jaw pain with a TMD and TMJ assessment in NW Calgary, AB. During the evaluation, we conduct a series of tests to determine the cause of your symptoms and create a treatment plan to alleviate your pain.
TMJ & Your Bite
If you’re diagnosed with a “bad bite,” we often start your treatment with a stabilization appliance known as a nightguard. This appliance helps distribute forces caused by clenching and grinding while protecting your tooth enamel from wear. A nightguard also repositions the jaw to help relax muscles, enabling a better night’s sleep.
In more advanced cases, we may recommend bite adjustments, orthodontic treatment, or replacing old fillings to correct your TMJ pain. The TMD and TMJ assessment also considers your lifestyle to help us determine your best treatment options.