Wondering what’s causing that chronic muscle pain, Calgary? It could be your teeth
If you have tired, aching muscles, you might never guess that the cause could be your teeth. But you might have TMJ disorder, a condition that affects your jaw joints and can be caused by problems with the alignment of your teeth.
What is TMJ?
TMJ stands for your temporomandibular joints. These are the joints that are below your ears and provide jaw movement. It’s common for people to experience problems with these joints, because they work so hard. TMJ disorder can cause headaches and pain in the face and neck.
When you have this kind of pain, especially when you are trying to sleep, it can affect your posture as you attempt to get comfortable. This can create a domino effect of muscle tension, strain and pain. TMJ can wind up causing muscle pain, back pain, shoulder pain, and more.
How your teeth are connected to your muscle pain
If your teeth don’t meet in a way that’s balanced, you have what dentists call a “bad bite”, or malocclusion. This can result in your jaw-to-skull relationship becoming unbalanced as well. This causes your jaw to twist into a strained position that, in turn, can lead to strain in the muscles of your neck, shoulders, and back. As these muscles tire, they send pain signals to your brain.
Do you have TMJ?
In addition to jaw pain and headaches, other symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
- difficulty opening or closing your mouth
- popping sounds when opening your jaws
- muscle stiffness, or muscle tingling
- neck pain
- shoulder pain
- ringing in the ears
- vision problems.
If you have any of these symptoms, you might have TMJ disorder.
Is there treatment for TMJ?
A common treatment for TMJ is a dental appliance called a splint. It is custom made by a Calgary dentist to fit your mouth precisely. You can wear the splint to ease the pain of TMJ disorder.
If you have symptoms of TMJ disorder, or if you have concerns about the positioning of your teeth and how it may be affecting your jaws, please schedule a consultation appointment.