An Edmonton TMJ treatment option that fits in the palm of your hand
If you have been suffering from painful TMJ symptoms, we’re pretty sure you may be searching for a TMJ treatment that could bring relief. TMJ symptoms include:
- headaches or migraines
- jaw pain
- neck, shoulder or back pain
- ear pain, ringing or congestion
- facial pain
- postural problems
What causes TMJ?
TMJ can be caused by a variety of factors, such as:
- a jaw injury
- teeth grinding
- uneven dentistry
- childhood allergies or breathing problems
- poor posture
Any of these factors can cause your bite to become misaligned. When that happens your jaw joints and muscles are put under stress. It’s a bit like a tug-of-war between the two. When your bite is in an unstable position, your jaw joints and muscles battle each other to find a position that is both comfortable and stable. Because the problem is caused by underlying bite alignment issues – sometimes called a “bad bite” – the tug-of-war is often unwinnable.
As the condition persists, the results of this never-ending struggle can be stressed, overworked jaw muscles that compress nerves and radiate pain to other parts of your body, or teeth grinding and jaw clenching that, unfortunately, exacerbate the problem further. The only way to resolve a bite misalignment problem is to diagnose what’s causing it and then treat the cause.
TMJ treatment options
There are several ways to treat TMJ. As noted above, the key is in the diagnosis. One TMJ treatment, custom fitted orthotics, has helped many people who suffer from TMJ.
A TMJ orthotic is a physiologically balanced anatomical bite split that fits over your lower teeth. Its purpose is to re-position your jaws so your bite is balanced, which can eliminate or reduce the stress that causes the painful symptoms of a misaligned bite. It is designed by using specialized jaw tracking and jaw muscle monitoring technology that helps to establish the best bite position for your unique condition.
Is a TMJ orthotic the right treatment for you?
TMJ is a complex condition. While this blog is intended to help you understand a bit more about the disorder and a treatment option that has been successful for some, it can’t replace the sound advice of your Edmonton dentist. If you would like to learn more about TMJ, and how it can be treated with a custom fitted orthotic, please schedule a consultation.
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