Jaw Pain Treatment

#1 Jaw Pain Treatment in Calgary

Jaw pain, medically known as orofacial pain, is discomfort or soreness experienced in the jaw area. This pain can range from mild to severe and may occur on one or both sides of the jaw. Sometimes, the cause of jaw pain may be TMJ disorder or TMD.

TMJ dysfunction, or temporomandibular (tem-puh-roe-man-DIB-u-lur) joint dysfunction, refers to a condition involving the jaw joint and surrounding muscles that control jaw movement. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull.

It’s important to note here that while you may experience jaw pain if you’re dealing with TMJ dysfunction, not all jaw pain may be a case of TMJ dysfunction. There could be many reasons for jaw pain.

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Meet our team of skilled professionals who wake up every day with a commitment to make a difference in your journey to wellness. Our Chiropractors, massage therapists, and physiotherapists work together to provide comprehensive care, ensuring that all aspects of your health and well-being are addressed.

Dr. Shelly Bouvier | Chiropractor in Calgary, AB

Dr. Shelly Bouvier | DC, BKin
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With MYo since July 3, 2022

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Jesi Revelar | Chiropractic Assistant
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With MYo since March 18, 2024

Patient Success Stories

“Dr. Evan Schwindt and the rest of the staff here are amazing! I’ve been coming in for about a month now, and each time I leave feeling better than when I went in. I’ve been in pretty rough shape the last few days with TMJD, and when I went in today for personal training, I was able to sneak in to get some work done on my jaw, and I was given an ice pack to use for a bit too, which I was not expecting, but definitely appreciated.”

Raissa Z.

“I LOVE working out again! Chiro and Massage in combo with my Training have literally changed my life; I no longer suffer from TMJ and the osteoarthritis in both knees and my thumbs ( volleyball@!&@) is under control 👍
Give MYo a try…you will be hooked!!!!”

Gwyn A.

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Causes of Jaw Pain

Jaw pain can be caused by various factors, including:

  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction (TMD): TMD is the most common cause of jaw pain, with 8–12 percent of Canadians dealing with it. And yet more than 30 percent of people with TMD are still in pain five years after being diagnosed.
  • Dental issues: Tooth decay, gum disease, abscesses, or dental injuries can cause jaw pain, especially if the pain is localized to a specific tooth or area of the mouth.
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding): Grinding or clenching the teeth, especially during sleep, can lead to muscle tension and jaw pain.
  • Trauma: Injuries to the jaw, such as fractures or dislocations, can cause significant pain and difficulty with jaw movement.
  • Arthritis: Conditions like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis can affect the temporomandibular joint, resulting in jaw pain and stiffness.
  • Sinus problems: Sinus infections or inflammation can cause referred pain in the jaw area, particularly in the upper jaw.
  • Stress and tension: Emotional stress or tension can lead to jaw clenching or muscle tightening, contributing to jaw pain.

 

Sign and Symptoms 

Depending on the underlying cause, symptoms of jaw pain and TMJ disorders may include: 

  • Headache
  • Earache 
  • Facial swelling
  • Difficulty opening or closing the mouth  
  • Pain while chewing 
  • Popping sensation in the jaw joint 

How is TMJ Diagnosed?

TMJ Dysfunction is typically diagnosed through a thorough medical history assessment and a physical examination. During the examination, tenderness and clicking sensations in the joint and muscles can often be detected through palpation. We’d also see asymmetrical movement of the joint and an underlying misalignment of the teeth (malocclusion). It’s worth noting that symptoms often stem from muscle issues, and abnormalities may not always be visible on dental X-rays.

 

Chiropractic Approach to Treating Jaw Pain and TMJ Disorders

Chiropractors typically approach treating jaw pain through a combination of manual techniques, exercises, and lifestyle modifications. 

Assessment: First, your Chiropractor will begin by conducting a comprehensive assessment of your jaw to identify the underlying causes of the pain. This may involve evaluating the alignment and movement of the jaw, neck, and spine, as well as assessing muscle tension and joint function.

Adjustments: Next, we may suggest Chiropractic adjustments, also known as spinal manipulations. This involves applying gentle pressure to specific joints to improve alignment, mobility, and function. There’s a direct connection between the upper joints of the neck and the jaw, and addressing the tension in your neck can also make your jaw feel better. 

For jaw pain, Chiropractors may suggest adjustments directly to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or manipulate the cervical spine to address any misalignments or dysfunction that could be contributing to the discomfort.

Soft Tissue Therapy: Chiropractors may also suggest soft tissue techniques such as massage, myofascial release, or trigger point therapy to help relax tight muscles and reduce tension in the jaw area. This can help alleviate pain and improve range of motion in the jaw joint.

Another cause of jaw discomfort could be posture issues. Your Chiropractor could educate you on self-care techniques such as exercises and stress management.

We don’t believe in a simple adjustment and a goodbye; we value the long-term health of our community.

Our Calgary Location

MYo Lab Health & Wellness is located at 227 10 St NW, Suite 300, Calgary, Alberta. It’s a short 5-minute walk from the Sunnyside C-Train station.

Parking: We offer 5 complimentary parking spots out back (spots 209, 213, 214, 215, 216). There are also several 2-hour paid parking spots on the streets around us. Additionally, there are two parking lots across the street from our building, one outdoor parking lot and one underground parking lot.

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All Conditions We Treat

Headaches

Whiplash

TMJ Dysfunction (Jaw Pain)

Neck Pain

Middle And Low Back Pain

Disc Herniations

Sciatica

Shoulder Pain

Arthritis

Elbow & Wrist Pain

Ankle And Foot Pain

Hip Pain

Knee Pain

Mobility Issues

Sports Injuries

Posture Problems

General Health/Well-Being

Neuropathy And Nerve Entrapments

FAQs for Jaw Pain & TMJ Dysfunction

What is TMJ dysfunction?

TMJ dysfunction, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), refers to a condition involving the jaw joint and surrounding muscles that control jaw movement. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull.

If you have TMJ dysfunction (TMD), you may experience pain or discomfort in the jaw joint and muscles, headaches, difficulty or discomfort while chewing, clicking or popping sounds when moving the jaw, and even locking of the jaw in severe cases. The exact cause of TMJ dysfunction can vary and may include factors such as jaw injury, arthritis, teeth grinding (bruxism), misalignment of the jaw or teeth, stress, or genetics.

Why does my jaw hurt after seeing a dentist?

Experiencing jaw discomfort following a dental appointment can be a result of various factors. Prolonged mouth opening during procedures may strain jaw muscles, leading to soreness. Additionally, many people find going to the dentist stressful, which can increase the amount of tension in the muscles of the jaw. Those with underlying temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues might find their condition aggravated by dental work. Discomfort from anesthesia wearing off and teeth clenching or grinding during the visit are also potential causes. Having a healthcare professional address your jaw pain after a visit can be very beneficial.

How do I stop clenching at night?

Reducing stress is often key to alleviating nighttime teeth clenching, with techniques like deep breathing and meditation. A dentist may recommend a night guard or mouth splint to protect your teeth. Maintain a consistent sleep schedule and avoid stimulants like caffeine and alcohol before bed. To relax your jaw muscles, try gentle massages and warm (not hot) heat packs. If the problem persists, consult your dentist or healthcare provider for additional treatment options for underlying TMJ issues.

Why does my jaw hurt in the morning?

Jaw pain in the morning can be caused by several factors, including temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction (TMD), teeth grinding (bruxism), poor sleep posture (on your stomach with your head to one side), or sleep apnea. Stress and anxiety can also exacerbate jaw issues. If you’re concerned about your jaw hurting in the morning, it’s a good idea to have a dentist evaluate the jaw for underlying structural concerns and then to also have a manual therapist like a Chiropractor work on the muscles to reduce discomfort and tension.

Why is my jaw clicking?

A clicking jaw can be caused by several factors, including temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction (TMD), teeth grinding (bruxism), misalignment of the jaw, or injury to the jaw joint. There’s a cartilage disc in the joint to help with jaw movement, and if this disc is damaged or is not sliding properly, it can cause clicking. Stress and anxiety can also exacerbate jaw issues. Often, painless clicking is a combination of tightness and weakness in the muscles around the jaw, but evaluation of the jaw is crucial to get to the root issue and address the cause of jaw clicking.

How can I manage jaw pain at home?

Home remedies for jaw pain include practicing relaxation techniques to reduce stress (your Chiropractor will help with this), applying moist heat or cold packs to the jaw area, avoiding hard or chewy foods, and gently massaging the jaw muscles.

Can TMD be prevented?

While some risk factors for TMJ dysfunction, such as genetics, cannot be controlled, you can reduce your risk by:

  • Wearing a night guard if you clench your jaw or grind your teeth 
  • Maintaining good posture  
  • Practicing stress management techniques
  • Get treated for dental problems promptly

Is TMD a chronic condition?

For some people, yes, TMJ dysfunction may be a chronic condition that requires long-term management. However, with proper treatment and self-care measures, many individuals experience improvement in their symptoms and quality of life.

Can TMD be cured?

With the right treatment and management, yes, you can cure TMJ disorder. 

How MYo Lab Can Help

If you’ve been experiencing jaw pain, you can book an appointment with one of our Chiropractors. Alternatively, you can call us at (403)930-8686. We’re currently accepting new patients.

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