Oral Health Information

Oral Care and TMD or TMJ

Approximately %5-12 of people suffer from some form of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), a term that defines a variety of conditions affecting the muscles, nerves, and joints that support the jaw.  

WHAT ARE THE TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINTS?

Temporomandibular joints connect the lower jaw to the skull and are located on each side of the face.  These tissues are the driving force to helping you open and close your mouth, and move the jaw from side to side in a chewing motion. They are easily felt by placing your fingers in front of your ear, and then moving your lower jaw around.

WHAT IS TMD?

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction occurs when there is damage to the joint or the surrounding tissues that causes pain, inflammation, and imbalanced jaw movement.  The condition can be quite painful and include muscle spasms. 

WHAT CAUSES TMD?

The cause of this disorder is often unknown, but is thought to be caused in some circumstances by a trauma or improper bite.  Jaw clenching and other related stress conditions may contribute to, or aggravate the condition. Studies show it is a condition more common in women in men, but there is nothing conclusive as to why that might be. 

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE TMD?

If you have the following symptoms, you might be experiencing TMD.  

  • Jaw pain – associated with chewing or yawning and is commonly more prevalent in the morning or late afternoon.   
  • Difficulty and clicking noises when opening and closing the mouth. 
  • Stiffness and locking in the jaw when talking or eating or yawning. 
  • Tooth sensitivity (that cannot be explained as an issue with the tooth itself).
  • Earache, headaches, or neck pain.  

Be sure to talk to your dentist if you are experiencing any of these issues. He or she will check for areas of sensitivity and movement with the jaw, clicking, popping  and stiffness. Depending on the results, you might be referred to a specialist. 

HOW IS TMD TREATED?

Some cases can be managed with lifestyle changes. If you suffer from TMD, you might benefit from avoiding chewing gum or biting your nails, eating soft foods, and practicing stress management techniques.  Non-aspirin pain relievers can help with pain management, and Botox Cosmetic injections can help manage overactive muscles.  

In some cases, your dentist might refer your to physical therapy to practice a regime of strengthening the jaw muscles, or prescribe you an appliance to prevent Bruxism at night.  

IS TMD PERMANENT?

TMD is a condition that can recur during times of stress, so often will present in a cyclical pattern.  See your dentist regularly to manage your symptoms

About Our Clinic

Welcome to Signal Hill Dental Centre, a general dental clinic located in SW Calgary. Our team is dedicated to providing our patients with honest and caring dental treatments so that they are able to achieve and maintain optimal oral and overall health goals.

At our clinic, our team strives to offer our services that make visits to the dentist convenient for you. This includes:

  • Clinic hours open 7 days a week
  • Extended hours (early mornings, evenings, and weekend)
  • Direct billing insurance
  • Same day emergency dental appointments
  • Comparable and up to date pricing
  • Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) Certified

We offer a range of dental services including general cleaning, emergency dentistry, children dentistry, dental repairs, Invisalign teeth straightening, Botox for TMJ/TMD and more. We offer Swiss technology Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT), which comes standard in all hygiene cleaning appointments.

The core of our clinic values is focused around providing great customer service. We treat our patients as if they were a part of our own staff or family. Our knowledgable team constantly ensures continuous communication and education so that our patients are comfortable through each procedure.

Our SW Calgary dental clinic is accepting new patients. If you would like to meet with one of our Dentists or book a consultation, please contact us and we would be delighted to arrange an appointment.

We look forward to serving you.

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