What is TMJ/TMD?

If you suffer from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD), the caring team at Orijin Integrated Dentistry can help by taking a full body approach to assessing and treating your pain.


What is TMD?

For some people, oral pain comes as the result of tooth decay or gum disease. But for many others, jaw problems, in the form of TMD, can be the source of significant discomfort.

Temporomandibular joint pain or Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD) describes pain and dysfunction of the muscles of mastication; that is, the muscles that move the jaw.

If you’ve been suffering from TMD,  your dentist may be able to help. Many dentists make it part of their practice to address issues relating to headaches, jaw pain and misalignment. Sometimes, a “bad bite”, or what is technically referred to as malocclusion, can contribute to TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder).

Discomfort from TMJ/TMD, Calgary Dentist

In other words, when your teeth are misaligned, they may put added strain on the head and neck muscles, the joints and the teeth themselves, leading to TMD.

When your muscles are overloaded, they compensate by constantly contracting. These contractions may lead to muscle spasm, pain, and soreness. This can result in a headache and/or jaw pain – pounding or crushing pain. It can also lead to neck and back issues, as your body tries to compensate.

So, how do you know if you have a headache as a result of a bad bite, or if you’re experiencing some other problem, such as sleep issues or arthritis?

By evaluating your pain in the context of your whole body's health, we’ll do our best to determine the cause of your symptoms and treat your pain accordingly. Or, we'll work with your other healthcare providers to get you the most appropriate treatment for your issue.

Headaches and jaw pain can be caused by something simple, or by something complex. Understanding cause can help determine this.

Why You Need a Comfortable Bite

If you are diagnosed with a "bad bite" or TMJ/TMD, we often start treatment by fitting you with a temporary stabilization appliance.

This can help determine the cause and prognosis of your issues. Once you have a diagnosis, we can begin to correct the cause in the most conservative way possible.

This sometimes means we need to create a team of healthcare providers around you. An open mind allows us to better see the origin of the problem…and sometimes it is not dental.

Ultimately, identifying the cause of your TMD is the most important step!

If you’ve been experiencing headaches, jaw, or facial pain, get in touch to book an appointment with us.

Looking for a dentist in Calgary? All of our comprehensive services are provided by General Dentists. We look forward to meeting you!

All services provided by general dentists: Dr. Young and Dr. Goldfedlt and  Dr. Barikani