When opening your mouth or eating causes you pain, you need TMD or orofacial pain management from a leading physiotherapy clinic in Edmonton.
Chew on this…
Temporomandibular disorders, or TMD (known as TMJ when such disorders affect the jaw) interfere with the muscles and tissues that allow you to chew or comfortably use your mouth. Symptoms of TMD and TMJ include jaw locking, a clicking or grinding when you move your jaw, pain radiating from your jaw muscles, and a decreased ability to properly open your mouth or move your jaw. Side effects include headaches, reduced hearing, and neck strain.
Causes of Orofacial Pain
The causes of TMD and TMJ are numerous and not always what you would expect. Did you know the symptoms could be brought on by stress or depression? Other more common culprits include poor posture; constantly tucking your phone between your shoulder and chin; and overuse of the jaw muscles by singing, talking, excessive yawning, eating hard-to-chew foods, etc.
Physio in Edmonton for Mouth Pain?
When something goes wrong with your mouth, your immediate reaction is to seek a dentist – and that is good as the issue could very well stem from a problem with your gums or teeth. However, when the issue affects the muscles and tissue, a physiotherapist can help ease the pain and restore your jaw’s movement.
Discovering the Cause of your TMD Pain
As noted above, symptoms and causes have a very wide range, which is why our consultation and assessment includes a very thorough examination of everything from your sleeping habits to your mental health. There are times when orofacial pain involves both the muscles and the teeth/gums, and if so, we recommend that you also develope a treatment plan with your dentist or a specialist. Our goal is to have you feeling better and eating comfortably as quickly as possible, whether we can provide you with the advanced TMD care we offer or if we must refer you for additional/complementing care.
Your Questions about TMD and Orofacial Pain Management Answered
How do you treat TMD?
The range of treatments vary depending on the severity of your case and may include but are not limited to nerve stimulation, frequency or laser treatment, hydrotherapy, ice therapy, massage, acupuncture, IMS, exercise therapy, and myofascial release.
TMD… TMJ… what’s the difference?
TMD is the term that references jaw pain. When we say TMJ, we are
talking about pain that only affects the jaw joint. TMJ is, therefore, a
symptom of TMD.
Can TMD cause tinnitus?
Tinnitus is that annoying ringing in your ears that just won’t go away. Tinnitus is caused by a number of factors, and TMD could be one of them.
What is your cross-referral process for TMD patients in Edmonton?
Dentists and doctors may refer patients to us as part of a complete treatment plan for TMD, and we may refer our patients to doctors, dentists, or specialists. The ultimate goal is to restore the health of our patients, and sometimes that takes several different medical professionals. We invite dentists and doctors to contact us to learn how we treat TMD, and how we can be an optimal fit with your services.
How many appointments will I need to cure my TMD?
Treatment time will vary depending on each individual case, but we expedite the process by providing some easy at-home exercise. During your treatment we recommend sleeping on your back, avoiding gum, focusing on relaxing your jaw (no clenching), and eating soft food or food that has been cut up into very small pieces.
How do I get the best TMD care in Edmonton?
Our advanced physiotherapy clinic in Edmonton’s Duggan community has the experience and equipment to treat your TMD. With direct billing and a network of referral services, we have what you need to get you talking and eating again without pain. Contact us now or use our easy online booking process to get started.