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TMJ Facial Pain

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TMJ/TMD Therapy | Sana Dental | General & Family Dentist | North Edmonton

If you have been suffering from a sore jaw, a terrible toothache that moves from tooth to tooth, pain in the side of your face, an earache, or the sensation that your teeth are going to fall out, and over the counter medications have only been providing temporary relief, you may be suffering from TMJ. Sana Dental is here to help with your TMJ!

TMJ/TMD Therapy | Sana Dental | General & Family Dentist | North Edmonton
TMJ/TMD Therapy | Sana Dental | General & Family Dentist | North Edmonton

Your Facial Pain May Have A Dental Cause

TMJ/TMD Therapy | Sana Dental | General & Family Dentist | North Edmonton

TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, occurs when your temporomandibular joint (the joint that attaches your jawbones to your skull), is out of whack. A TMJ disorder can cause facial pain in three ways:

  1. When your muscles battle your jawbones: Your jaw muscles are very powerful. If your jaw is not properly aligned, your powerful jaw muscles attempt to rectify the problem by pulling your jawbones into place. They often win this round of the battle, but the result is tooth grinding and jaw clenching. The discomfort of strained teeth and jaw muscles continues as this unwinnable war between bones and muscle rages on. Eventually your jaw muscles tire, causing stress, strain and pain.
  2. Muscle cramps: Your facial muscles cover the front of your skull like stretched elastic bands. If your jaw is misaligned, your muscles can be pulled more in some places, and compressed in others. As your muscles strain, lactic acid can build up, causing your muscles to cramp. This cramping can occur away from the site of the actual cramped muscle. It is known as referred pain. When a muscle is pulled from one end, the opposite end is often the one that stretches, and feels the pain. The pulled muscle can also impact the nerves and tissues it is connected to, sending pain signals to your eyes, ears, cheeks, or teeth.
  3. Irritated nerves: Your cramped muscles can irritate your facial nerves. This can be a very unpleasant experience that can feel like an electric shock, throbbing, nausea, or pain that radiates up and down your face. This is one reason why TMJ facial pain is often mistakenly confused with migraine headaches.

Treat The Cause, Not The Symptoms!

TMJ/TMD Therapy | Sana Dental | General & Family Dentist | North Edmonton

If a misaligned bite is the cause of your facial pain, TMJ dental treatment options can help to resolve it. Through testing and evaluation, a dentist can pinpoint what is causing your jaw alignment problem, and plan a course of dental treatment options that can rebalance your jaw to relax your muscles, as well as tackle your pain.

TMJ/TMD Therapy | Sana Dental | General & Family Dentist | North Edmonton
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