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Airdrie TMD/TMJ Therapy

Your Airdrie Choice for TMJ/TMD Therapy!

For many people, jaw problems can be a source of significant pain and discomfort. If you are suffering from TMD/TMJ pain, North Main Family Dental is here to help with TMD/TMJ Therapy! We are proud to offer Night Guards to treat TMJ disorders.

What is TMJ?

Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) refer to several problems with jaw movement and pain in and around the jaw joints. The jaw joints, or temporomandibular joints (TMJ), connect the lower jawbone to the skull. Disorders involving the jaw joint are known to cause a myriad of problems. If you have symptoms such as pain or a “clicking” sound when eating or opening and closing your mouth, it is often because the jaw joint and the muscles necessary for chewing are not working correctly. You might have TMD. Night Guards are the optimum choice for treating disorders of the TMJ.

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We look forward to hearing from you soon. Call North Main Family Dental at (403) 980-0056 to set up a new TMD/TMJ Therapy appointment today!

What are some symptoms of TMD?

  • Frequent headaches and/or migraines
  • You grind or clench your teeth during the day or night
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Stiffness in the neck and/or around your jaws
  • Ear pain
  • Locked jaw, or difficulty/pain when you open your mouth to eat or yawn
  • You hear a ‘clicking’ or ‘popping’ sound when you open your mouth
  • Jaw pain
  • Bite problems – you notice that your teeth no longer touch when you bite together
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • You have arthritis in other joints throughout your body
  • You have suffered an injury to your neck, head, or jaw

What Causes TMJ Disorders?

There are many causes of TMJ disorders. Clenching and grinding of the teeth are most common and are often the result of a misaligned bite. Damage to the jaw joint after injury and disease such as arthritis may damage the joint or tear the muscles and ligaments. The disk inside the joint, which acts as a “cushion,” may slip out of position for any number of reasons as well.

Treatment for TMJ Disorders

North Main Family Dental is pleased to offer many treatment options to treat TMJ Disorders. Dr. Richelle Bedier will complete a detailed evaluation to diagnose the possibility of a TMJ disorder and to determine the best course of treatment for your situation. Our goal is to relieve joint pain and muscle spasms.

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Airdrie Night Guards for the Treatment of TMJ Disorders!

Aside from treating the root cause of TMJ disorders, the main goal of TMD/TMJ Therapy is to have the jaw and its associated structures function in a normal way so that the associated pain and discomfort can be eliminated. The first step is often a custom night guard, recommended to help stop clenching and/or grinding of the teeth, which reduces muscle tension while also protecting the cartilage inside the joint and the enamel surface of the teeth. This custom-fit hard plastic dental device is inserted over the upper and/or lower teeth. Worn at night, this dental appliance positions the jaw forward to relieve pressure on the jaw, thereby reducing stress on the muscles of the face and neck and protecting the enamel surface of the teeth. Nightguards may be worn initially over 8 hours each day to help your jaw heal, transitioning to only while sleeping.


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