TMJ Treatment West Kelowna

What is "TMJ Dentistry"?

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When you are living with a TMJ Disorder, you are most likely in pain for most of the day, every day. Living in pain is not living at all. Since most TMJ Disorders are caused by dental problems, yes - your bite is the culprit, West Kelowna dentist Dr. Shauna Palmer is able to provide effective TMJ Treatment.

How does it work?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a sliding hinge that connects each side of the jawbone to the skull. When these joints are under tension and stress, they can cause severe TMJ pain, tenderness, difficulty chewing, headaches, migraines, and difficulty opening and closing the mouth.

By realigning your teeth and restoring the balance, relaxation of the affected muscles is possible. When the hyper-tensed muscles are in a relaxed position, the pain usually decreases.

Dr. Shauna Palmer believes that no one should have to live with a TMJ Disorder and provides TMJ Treatment with a physiological, holistic approach. Meaning: Keeping the whole body in mind because more parts of your body could be affected by a TMJ Disorder.

What causes a TMJ Disorder?

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By now, we know that TMJ pain affects more women than men and most commonly affects those between the age of 20 and 60. Nevertheless, men can experience the same symptoms and effects.

While TMJ causes are not always obvious, the most common causes include:

  • Injuries
  • Missing Teeth
  • Arthritis
  • Stress
  • Teeth clenching or grinding
  • Genetics

In most cases, multiple factors have an accumulative effect on the position of the teeth, causing an imbalance. The TMJ joints are trying by nature to restore that balance, therefore causing muscle strain and pain. A TMJ Disorder can even have a negative effect on your internal organs, posture, and even mental health. 

How to treat a TMJ Disorder? A holistic approach is preferred.

Since every TMJ case is different, there isn't 'one way' to treat a TMJ Disorder. The individual variables are so numerous that it really doesn't make sense to declare: "This is how you treat TMJ".

Dr. Shauna Palmer, West Kelowna dentist, providing TMJ Treatment:

"What we can provide is insight in some aspects of the TMJ Treatment process:

  1. A thorough dental exam is performed including X-rays to determine all the possible factors that play a role
  2. Extensive muscle tension tests are performed to measure where strain and pain is coming from
  3. Dental devices (physiologic daytime orthotics/nighttime sleep appliance) will be fabricated to re-balance the bite
  4. Jaw movements will be measured to define the effectiveness of the treatment in progress
  5. Teeth can then be restored in the most effective position, a permanent removable orthotic, or physiological orthodontics (or a combination) can be placed

Again, individual treatment approaches and results vary. Most importantly, TMJ Treatment requires a HOLISTIC APPROACH. Since all parts of the body can be affected, a 360 vision needs to be applied to every TMJ Treatment process. 

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