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4 Reasons Why You Should Never Leave TMJ Untreated

Are you experiencing symptoms such as tension headaches, jaw pain, or locked jaw? Here’s why it’s important to seek TMJ treatment from a professional and qualified dentist.

Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (TMJ) are a group of conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and muscles. Without treatment, TMJ can cause some serious and undesirable symptoms, such as:

  • Tension headaches and migraines
  • Broken, cracked, or chipped teeth
  • Popping or clicking sounds when opening your mouth
  • Arthritis around the TMJ
  • Joints that ‘lock’ or are difficult to close

Quality and Efficient TMJ Treatment in Calgary

At Marlborough Dental Centre, we understand the frustration and pain that TMJ can cause. From dental crowns to customized mouthguards, we can provide TMJ treatment that relieves muscle pain, improves your bite, and reduces headaches, significantly enhancing your quality of life.

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Why You Should Never Ignore the Signs of TMJ

Many patients are tempted to ignore oral health symptoms, such as discomfort, or clicking noises from the jaw, whether it’s due to anxiety or concerns about treatment costs. However, ignoring these issues can set the stage for the problem to become more advanced, resulting in more complex oral issues and more extensive (and expensive) dental treatment.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as migraines, jaw clicking, or muscle pain, here’s why you should seek TMJ treatment as soon as possible:

1. You Don’t Know The Damage It’s Causing

While you may think that your TMJ is only causing jaw pain, the truth is that this oral condition is related to many different symptoms that you might not be aware of. This includes:

  • Headaches/migraines
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Dizziness/Vertigo
  • Tingling and numbness in the fingers
  • Neck and back pain

In addition, when you consider all the secondary injuries that could be related to poor balance, diminished strength, and loss of sleep, TMJ could be the underlying cause of many health problems you’re currently facing.

2. It Can Affect Your Diet and Overall Quality of Life

Eating, talking, and smiling should never be difficult or uncomfortable. TMJ makes these everyday pleasures not only inconvenient, but painful. Whether it’s trying to eat a large sandwich, have a long discussion, or even prolonged laughing, TMJ can create painful soreness in the cheek and jaw muscles, which will only get worse without treatment.

3. It Might Be Something More Serious than TMJ

While it’s very rare, your jaw pain may be an indication of something other than TMJ. Toothaches and jaw pain could be masking oral cancer, or could even be a sign of heart attack or other cardiovascular issues.

Talk to your dentist: Visiting your dental clinic and getting evaluated for TMJ can determine whether or not your symptoms are being causes by TMD or something more serious.

4. Decreased Personal and Professional Performance

Not only does lingering jaw pain contribute to absences and early exits from work, it can also significantly harm your productivity and job performance. After all, it’s difficult to concentrate and focus when you’re in pain.

In addition, continuous TMJ pain that isn’t treated can lead to social anxiety and other symptoms, such as:

  • Irritability
  • Increased anxiety/stress
  • Sleepless nights and daytime lethargy
  • A tendency to withdraw from social interactions and personal relationships

Live a pain free life

Why would you continue just getting by when you could be living pain free and happy? Think of all the things you could accomplish if you weren’t limited by your pain: working harder, earning a promotion, spending quality time with your family, and building strong personal and professional relationships.

Seeking TMJ treatment will help eliminate any pain or discomfort you have and help you live life to the fullest.

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To find out more about the costs and benefits of the customised TMJ treatments at our Calgary dental clinic, contact us today at 403-248-2066 or fill in our online contact form.



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