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R. Asif & S. Gupta Professional Corporation | TMJ in Calgary

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iStock_000010826377Small.jpg TMJ is the acronym for temporomandibular joint, which connects your lower jaw (the mandible) to your skull at the temporal bone. This joint controls many jaw functions, like chewing.

If the chewing muscles or the joint itself are causing you pain you may have temporamandibular disorder(TMD).   TMD can be caused by stress, continual clenching of the jaw muscles, or teeth grinding.

Some of the symptoms of TMD are:
1. Pain when opening or closing mouth

2. Troubles chewing

3. Jaw locked open or closed

4. Frequent headaches or Ear Pain

5. Teeth Grinding

6. Clicking or Popping sounds when opening your mouth


Many of these symptoms can often be associated with other health problems, so only a medical professional can tell you if it is due to TMD. Teeth grinding is an especially problematic symptom because it can lead to further problems. Prolonged teeth grinding, or bruxism, can cause enamel to wear off teeth and expose dentin. This material is softer than enamel and more susceptible to decay. Sensitivity to hot and cold food or drink may also develop from excessive teeth grinding.

If you have TMD, it would be advisable to:

1. Avoid constant chewing i.e bubble gum, beef jerky

2. Softer diets

3. Sleeping on your back and not on the side of your face.

4. Avoid opening your mouth wide except for dental purposes.

5. Wear your night guard daily.

If you suspect you may have TMD come in for a consultation. We can help diagnose you and provide relief for your symptoms.  A night guard can be used to help prevent or lessen the effects of teeth grinding at night.  In very severe cases of TMD surgery may be required.