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Appleway Dental Clinics
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Treatments for TMJ Pain & Soreness in Red Deer

Patients who are dealing with issues such as pain and discomfort in their jaw joint and muscle may be experiencing the signs and symptoms of TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder. This is a condition that is caused by the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) that opens and closes the jaw. If the condition progresses without proper diagnosis and treatment, patients may experience issues such as wear and tear on the teeth from clenching and grinding, pain and discomfort when eating, a higher risk of degenerative diseases, and a poorly aligned bite.

Signs and symptoms of TMJ problems or TMD may include:

  • Worn or broken teeth
  • Pain and discomfort in the face or jaw muscles
  • Uncomfortable or more than one bite alignment
  • Headaches
  • Neck and shoulder pain and tightness
  • Clicking or popping of the jaw
  • Inability to open the mouth (lockjaw)

There are many ways that a general dentist of Appleway Dental Clinics can help patients deal with TMD. Some patients may benefit from orthodontic treatments to realign the bite, while others may benefit from a modification in their diet. Patients should undergo a complete bite analysis to determine the source of the problem and the best alternative to fix it. Tooth protection therapy, appliance therapy, and bite reconstruction are typically considered, and in more severe cases, jaw surgery may be necessary.
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