Do I have TMJ?

Do I have TMJ? West Kelowna

Do I have TMJ?

Do I have TMJ


Every person has a TMJ (temporomandibular joint). Not every person has a TMJ Disorder. When you experience TMJ symptoms like:

  • Pain or tenderness of your jaw
  • Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints
  • Aching pain in and around your ear
  • Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
  • Aching facial pain
  • Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Neck, shoulder and back pain
  • Many more symptoms including ear, eye and sinus issues

you might have a TMJ Disorder.

When pain persists, you definitely need to visit a doctor. When untreated, TMJ Disorders can cause serious pain problems that require medical care. Long term TMJ patients often suffer from excruciating migraines and headaches, jaw and neck pain, depression, and social disorders. Please don’t wait when you experience any of these symptoms. Take action soon. Waiting – usually makes things worse.

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Waiting with medical treatment probably makes things worse

While it’s not universally true that waiting with medical treatment will always make things worse, in many cases, delaying medical care can lead to significantly more severe health problems. Early diagnosis and treatment of conditions, from chronic diseases to acute infections, are crucial for several reasons. Firstly, early intervention can prevent diseases from progressing to more serious stages, where they become more difficult, and sometimes impossible, to treat.

For instance a TMJ disorder, if detected early, can often be treated more effectively, leading to better outcomes and results. Secondly, early treatment can often prevent complications that arise from the progression of the issue. These complications can not only worsen the patient’s quality of life but also make the treatment process more complex and risky.

Therefore, seeking prompt medical attention upon noticing symptoms or health changes is essential for the best possible health outcomes. Need a TMJ practitioner in Kelowna? Contact Dr. Shauna Palmer at Health & Beauty dentistry today.


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Do you have difficulty Swallowing? It may be related to TMJ Disorder


How Difficulty Swallowing Is Closely Related to TMJ Disorder

Symptoms of dysphagia include:

  • Being unable to swallow
  • Feeling like you have food stuck in your throat or chest
  • Coughing or gagging when swallowing

Dysphagia can be caused by many issues. According to the Mayo Clinic, these can include:

  • Spasms or tremors of the esophagus
  • An esophageal ring
  • Foreign bodies
  • GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Scleroderma
  • Radiation therapy

Additionally, dysphagia can be related to TMJ disorder. What is this disorder and why can it make swallowing difficult?

What is TMJ Disorder?

TMJ disorder is a disorder of the jaw joints, or the temporomandibular jaw joint. It can be caused by misalignment of the teeth, as well as misalignment of the jawbones themselves.

Things that can make symptoms worse include:

  • Arthritis
  • Trauma
  • Grinding your teeth
  • Stress (which can cause you to constantly tighten your jaw/facial muscles)
  • Uneven and misaligned bite (malocclusion)

TMJ disorder can lead to chronic headaches and migraines, as well as facial, neck, and shoulder pain. How is it related to dysphagia? You can experience difficulty swallowing because the muscles of your head, jaw, and neck are too tight. When they’re too tight, they don’t function properly, which can make chewing and even swallowing difficult.

Can TMJ Disorder Be Treated Naturally, Without Surgery?

Thankfully, there’s a jaw pain treatment that can also treat your dysphagia. West Kelowna dentist, Dr. Shauna Palmer, can provide you with a TMJ treatment plan, which often includes an orthotic device, that can reduce your symptoms. All of this can be done safely without surgery, and yet, it’s effective.

With her training in physiological principles in treating TMJ disorder and dysphagia, Dr. Palmer looks at what the root cause of your symptoms is before diving into a treatment plan. Understanding the cause gives her a better idea of what sort of treatment is really going to work best for your needs.

Talk to Your Dentist Today About Investing in a Custom TMJ Treatment Plan

When it comes to creating a TMJ treatment plan, there’s no one-size-fits-all plan.

When you see Dr. Palmer, she’ll evaluate your needs and create a treatment plan that will work best for you.

Part of your treatment might include bite equilibration and a physiologic sleep appliance. Or, your treatment plan might include orthodontia, as well as a custom-fit orthotic.

Whatever the case may be, you can rest assured that Dr. Palmer will find a way to treat your TMJ disorder that will reduce your painful, uncomfortable symptoms, including difficulty swallowing.

Are you sick and tired of the pain and discomfort of TMJ disorder? We can help. Contact us today to schedule a comprehensive examination and we’ll create a treatment plan that can reduce your symptoms significantly.