Dentalife - Dr. Curtis Westersund - 
Dentist Calgary Downtown 
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30 August 2023
Explaining the Intricate Relationship Between Facial Pain and TMJ Disorder

Dr. Curtis Westersund, Calgary TMJ Treatment Provider:"Imagine waking up to a day filled with promise, only to be greeted by persistent facial pain that clouds your every moment. This is a reality for many individuals grappling with Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ).  Often overlooked or misdiagnosed, the connection between facial pain and TMJ disorder runs deep, […]

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26 July 2023
What is a "TMJ Dentist"? TMJ Disorders and TMJ Treatment Explained

"For the record: There is no such thing as a “TMJ Dentist”.  Confused? Here's why: All Alberta dentists have been in dental school to become certified General Dentists, but there is actually no specific education to become a certified dentist for TMJ treatments. For that reason, the Alberta Dental Association (ADA), doesn't allow Alberta dentists to […]

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20 June 2023
The Most Common TMJ Pain Symptoms and How to Find Treatment in Calgary

Dr. Curtis Westersund, TMJ Practitioner at Dentalife, Calgary Downtown: "In the first place, seek treatment to alleviate your pain and improve your overall well-being ASAP. Waiting always makes things worse. Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder can have a significant impact on a person's quality of life, causing pain and discomfort in the jaw joint and surrounding […]

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31 May 2023
Can TMJ Treatment Help to Get Rid of Migraines?

Dr. Curtis Westersund, TMJ Practitioner, Calgary Downtown: "The human body is a fascinating interplay of systems, working harmoniously to support our daily lives. However, even the slightest imbalance in your body can lead to discomfort, even pain. One such instance is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, commonly referred to as TMJ. This crucial hinge joint connects the jaw […]

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19 July 2022
3 Things You Can Do When You Have TMJ Migraines or Headaches

If you suffer from headaches or migraines as the result of TMJ, you’re not alone. But first: What are TMJ migraines or headaches actually? TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint and refers to the joints under your ears, specifically the joint in your jaw where your lower jaw connects to your skull. When these joints become […]

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28 June 2022
How to Check If You Have TMJ Pain and What to Do About It

If you’re experiencing jaw pain, popping, clicking, and other types of discomfort in your mouth or jaw area, you may have TMJ disorder. While this condition can be difficult to diagnose, it’s easy to see if you have TMJ related pain simply by examining your own jaw at home. TMJ pain can be incredibly debilitating and […]

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28 September 2021
Does bad posture cause jaw pain or TMJ?

When you bite down, do you experience pain? Are you restricted with how much you can open your mouth? When you open your mouth wide – does your TMJ’s pop or click? Have friends or family members commented on how loud your clicking jaw or popping jaw is? If you answered yes to even one […]

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28 May 2021
TMJ Treatment Calgary

Your TMJ disorder and your misaligned bite (occlusion) are not isolated to your head and jaws. Accommodation to an imbalanced occlusion travels down as far as your feet. Studies show that the force and timing of your bite will alter how your head and neck align. With this information we have developed an “Alignment First […]

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24 May 2021
Can TMJ cause migraines or headaches?

In North-America, over 40 million people suffer from chronic headaches and migraines. Most of them aren’t aware that a bad bite  (also called malocclusion) can cause TMJ Migraines & Headaches.  In other words: When your teeth are misaligned, when they don't fit together properly, the strain on both muscles, and the brain, can create tension […]

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21 May 2021
Can TMJ cause neck and shoulder pain?

Your neck, back and shoulder muscles work as a team. Seldom does a single muscle work without other muscles balancing or stabilizing its function. Often, overworked muscles will recruit additional muscles to help out. This is known as muscle recruitment. And it can lead to structural stain up and down the body.

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