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TMJ/TMD Therapy | Family Dental Centre | General and Family Dentist | SE Calgary

Family Dental Centre offers Night Guards. If you suffer from pain or discomfort in your jaw, or you notice a clicking or popping sound when you open or close your mouth, or you experience regular headaches or migraines, you might have TMJ or temporomandibular joint syndrome, or another type of TMD like Bruxism. If you have been suffering from TMJ/TMD, Family Dental Centre is here to help! A dental night guard from Family Dental Centre may be the solution you need.

TMJ/TMD Therapy | Family Dental Centre | General and Family Dentist | SE Calgary
TMJ/TMD Therapy | Family Dental Centre | General and Family Dentist | SE Calgary

What is TMJ and Bruxism?

TMJ/TMD Therapy | Family Dental Centre | General and Family Dentist | SE Calgary

TMJ is your temporomandibular joint or the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull. Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) refer to issues associated with your jaw movement and the muscles in your face that control it. TMD often causes very severe pain and discomfort. Bruxism, a type of TMD, is a commons condition for millions of people around the world and is characterized by grinding and clenching your teeth. If you suffer from this condition, you may notice the following symptoms:

Symptoms of TMD

  • Pain in your jaw muscles or frequent muscle contractions
  • Grinding sounds at night
  • Facial pain and swelling
  • Frequent headaches/migraines
  • Swelling on the side of the face
  • Stiffness
  • Earaches
  • Locked Jaw
  • Bite Problems
  • A clicking or popping sound when opening and closing the mouth
  • Tooth sensitivity or toothaches

In many cases, the grinding or clenching only occurs at night. This is referred to as nocturnal or sleep-related bruxism. Bruxism may be caused by a variety of factors, including stress and anxiety, or it may be nothing more than a habit. Regardless of the reasons why the condition occurs, bruxism can lead to many problems. Grinding your teeth can damage dental fillings, wear down tooth enamel and cause overall damage to your teeth. Bruxism may also lead to teeth sensitivity and issues with your TMJ, which can result in frequent headaches and migraines.

Night Guard Therapy for TMD and Bruxism

TMJ/TMD Therapy | Night Guard | Family Dental Centre | General and Family Dentist | SE Calgary

The good news is that Family Dental Centre can help you deal with symptoms associated with TMD and bruxism. Once TMD is diagnosed, the first step in treatment is usually a custom night guard. This custom-made dental appliance is worn over the upper and lower teeth to realign the jaw and help alleviate pain associated with any misalignment. The thought is that realigning the jaw and preventing jaw clicking will help alleviate symptoms. The night guard also helps to protect teeth against the physical wear and tear they experience from the constant grinding of bruxism so that you bite against the night guard instead of wearing down your teeth.

Your custom night guard will be custom created to fit your mouth and will be designed based on the severity of your condition; night guards can be created for heavy, moderate and light grinding. Essentially, the more your grind, the harder the night guard should be. By visiting a dentist, you can ensure your night guard is appropriate for your symptoms.

TMJ/TMD Therapy | Night Guard | Family Dental Centre | General and Family Dentist | SE Calgary

Family Dental Centre looks forward to helping treat your TMD symptoms, and we invite you to book an appointment with us to review your symptoms and discuss possible solutions and treatment options. To learn more, call Family Dental Center at (403) 272-1500 to schedule a consultation today.

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