Have you recently been in a car accident?
People who have been in an accident don’t always experience pain right away, which means they might not know they have whiplash until days after the accident.
One of the first symptoms you might notice, though, is jaw pain. It is easy to ignore jaw pain as a symptom of whiplash, if you’re not experiencing any neck pain or other whiplash symptoms.
In many cases, they are, and it’s important to get adequate treatment from your dentist as soon as possible. At our downtown Calgary dental clinic, we see a tremendous amount of whiplash patients because of the consequent jaw pain that goes along with it. Not many would equate a whiplash treatment with TMJ disorder or jaw pain treatment.
Why Whiplash Could Be the Underlying Cause of Your Jaw Pain
How is whiplash and TMJ disorder linked?
During an accident, your body is suddenly and violently jerked around. The result is often spinal misalignment, including the cervical spine (the neck). And when one part of the body is misaligned, other parts are often out of alignment as well. If you have whiplash, your neck and head are forcefully pushed back and forth or from side to side. This can definitely disturb the alignment of the neck, as well as cause muscle tension, soreness, and stiffness.
When your neck is out of alignment, it puts even more strain on the surrounding muscles, tendons, and ligaments. That, in turn, can lead to misalignment and strain elsewhere, like the temporomandibular jaw joints (TMJ).
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
Your muscles become sore after an accident. You might experience tender neck, shoulder, and facial muscles. You could end up with a bad headache.
How can you tell that you’ve gone beyond sore muscles and have a condition that requires jaw pain treatment? Here are a few signs that you have TMJ disorder.
- Jaw pain
- Clicking or popping of the jaw
- Stiff jaw muscles
- Ear pain
- Sore facial muscles, particularly around the jaw joints and temples
What Jaw Pain Treatment Is Necessary for Whiplash Patients?
After diagnosis, Dr. Westersund will recommend TMJ treatment in Calgary and create a suitable treatment plan.
Wondering what type of jaw pain treatment might he recommend for you?
There are multiple options, one of which is mild, painless micro-adjustments to the bite that help eliminate bite strain and clenching. Another option is physiotherapy using an Ultra-Low Frequency T.E.N.S. unit. The gentle electrical impulses help with alignment, while also reducing muscle strain.
Still another option is a TMJ appliance, an orthotic that reduces the strain experienced from clenching and grinding, while also ensuring proper jaw joint alignment.
How to Choose the Best TMJ Treatment in Calgary
To ensure the best results, you want to choose a dentist with experience and a comprehensive jaw pain treatment plan. For this to happen, you need a Calgary dentist that understands the link between whiplash and jaw pain.
Dr. Westersund is well-respected and trusted in the community – not just by patients, but also by attorneys. They trust him to provide an accurate diagnosis for the painful symptoms.
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After an accident, it’s important to see a healthcare professional as soon as possible, both from a treatment standpoint and a legal standpoint. Thankfully, you don’t have to wait to see Dr. Westersund for months like you do other dentists. You’ll get a prompt appointment, where your dentist will work with your lawyer to ensure you get the help you really need.
Do you think your jaw pain might be linked to an auto accident? Contact us right away for an evaluation and consultation. We’ll help you find relief.