Do you ever feel dizzy, light-headed, or nauseated?
You could be dealing with vertigo, a condition whose symptoms range from being annoying to being completely debilitating.
Vertigo has numerous causes, but an often overlooked one is TMJ disorder.
Thankfully, receiving vertigo treatment in Calgary from our downtown Calgary dental office may help both your vertigo symptoms and prevent other painful TMJ disorder symptoms.
Causes of Vertigo: Why TMJ Disorder Might Contribute to Your Symptoms
Vertigo is a sensation in which your head feels like it’s swimming or off-balance. You also might feel like everything outside of you is spinning. The dizziness can be so intense that it becomes unsafe to do anything but stay in bed.
TMJ disorder is a jaw condition that causes:
- Jaw pain
- Tooth pain/sensitivity
- Jaw popping
- Jaw swelling
- Ear pain
What causes TMJ? It is a disorder of the jaw joints and the disc between them and can involve the muscles and tendons of the head and neck. The causes range from malocclusion of the teeth and/or jaw and trauma to multiple types of arthritis.
Why is TMJ disorder considered one of the causes of vertigo?
Vertigo is caused by issues with the inner ear – the part of the ear that impacts your balance. Within this part of the ear are sensors that send information to your brain, informing it of the movement or position of your body.
If your jaw joint is inflamed because of trauma, muscle tension, or arthritis, the inflammation can reach the inner ear. The inflammatory response can disrupt the signals being sent from your inner ear to your brain, making you experience symptoms of vertigo.
Is this speculation or fact? In 2013, a study was conducted to see if there was a correlation between TMJ disorder and vertigo. Though the study claims that the topic of such a link is controversial, the results of the study demonstrate a link between the two.
The researchers went on to say that identifying the risk factors of vertigo – like TMJ disorder – can help prevent future vertigo episodes. And that’s where Dentalife and Dr. Curtis Westersund come in.
Vertigo Treatment in Calgary – How Your Dentist Can Help
It might seem strange to visit your dentist for vertigo, but you may be surprised to see that some dental offices can have some of the best resources available for treating TMJ disorder. The less jaw joint inflammation you have, the less pain you’ll have and the fewer vertigo symptoms you’ll experience.
How can Dr. Curtis Westersund help with vertigo treatment in Calgary?
Some patients have such severe jaw misalignment that surgery is the best solution. The surgeon will correct the misalignment so there’s less muscle, tendon, and ligament strain in the head and neck. That said, surgery is not for everyone.
In some cases, tooth and jaw misalignment can be corrected with braces. Depending on your case, your dentist may recommend:
- Traditional braces
- Invisalign aligners
- Palatal expanders
Dr. Westersund’s Service: TMJ Therapy
Dr. Westersund offers a unique TMJ therapy program for patients suffering from TMJ disorder and related conditions like vertigo. The treatment plan includes:
- Functional Rebalance of Occlusion – Restoring bite balance and correcting alignment.
- Physiotherapy with T.E.N.S. Unit – Low-frequency electrical stimulation to reduce muscle tension and promote a healthy bite.
- Orthotic Appliance – An appliance you can wear at night (or during the day for severe symptoms) to reduce pain and inflammation
Your Calgary Dentist – Treating Causes of Vertigo to Promote Better Health
Dr. Westersund and his team want you to live a happy, healthy life. To do that, they offer a variety of therapies, such as vertigo treatment in Calgary. They know that your health and comfort go way beyond preventing or treating dental decay. With this approach, your dental team can help reduce any discomfort caused by TMJ disorder – including symptoms related to vertigo.
Do you have jaw pain with vertigo? Contact us right away! We’ll find a solution so you can get relief fast.