Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD, is a condition that occurs when your jaw is misaligned. People with TMD suffer from numerous pain-oriented symptoms stemming from the way their upper and lower teeth fit together. If the jaw joint (temporomandibular joint or TMJ) is stressed in any way while it is in the at-rest position, all of the components of the jaw may become dysfunctional and cause you to suffer.
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Diagnosing Your TMD
Calgary dentist Dr. Sahra Kanji use the principles of neuromuscular dentistry to diagnose and treat TMD. One of the main diagnostic tools employed is the K7 system. The K7 system consists of jaw tracking equipment that records your jaw movements and evaluates the detailed motions it undergoes during biting, speaking, chewing, and resting. K7, along with your health history information, your lifestyle habits, and your symptoms, helps us to reach a specific diagnosis of your jaw issue so that we may develop a plan alleviate the condition.
Symptoms of TMD are varied and may include:
- Head and neck pain
- Ringing in the ears
- Numbness in the arms and fingers
- Jaw soreness
- Tooth grinding
- Tooth loss
- Muscle spasms in the jaw and neck
Relief from TMD
TMD therapy is a highly individualized process. After diagnosing the condition of your jaw alignment, We will determine what actions will effectively move the jaw into its ideal position. Once we are able to accomplish this bite realignment, your jaw muscles, tendons, and ligaments will operate more efficiently, easing and eliminating stress on the jaws and teeth. Treatments are constantly being researched and introduced in the field of TMD care, and our team participates in continuing education in the field of neuromuscular dentistry to ensure the most successful remedies are available to our Calgary patients.
Solutions for TMD may include:
- TENS electrical muscle stimulation
- Oral appliances
- Dental restorations
Dr. Sahra Kanji are happy to meet with you to discuss your symptoms, review possible solutions, and answer your questions about TMJ disorder during a neuromuscular dentistry consultation.