What Causes TMJ?
General Dentist and Cosmetic Dental Services in Edmonton, Alberta
Posted: February 12, 2014
Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, is a serious condition that can cause a number of serious health effects, including chronic headaches. If you’re suffering from these headaches and you don’t understand why, it might well be TMJ. You should come to Edmonton dentist Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko at Focus on Smiles for a diagnosis.
If you have TMJ, the first step to treatment and relief from your chronic headaches will be finding the condition’s cause. Once our dentist does that, she can help you find a treatment that will end your symptoms.
The basic cause of all TMJ is irritation of the temporomandibular joint, which connects your jaw to your skull. But the causes of this irritation can include:
- A mis-aligned jaw or bite
- Teeth grinding
- Poor dental work
The good news is there is likely a solution in neuromuscular dentistry. Treatments often include the wearing of a mouthguard or orthotic at night; this will shift your bite and jaw alignment into a more relaxed position.
In certain situations, more thorough orthodontic work might be required. If a full bite and jaw alignment is necessary, our Edmonton dentist can use Invisalign to effect a significant but subtle change in your teeth over the course of approximately a year.
If you’re an Edmonton, Alberta resident suffering from TMJ, you should speak to our dentist about your headaches. Please contact Focus on Smiles today.