Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD/TMJ) refers to a medical problem involving the joint in the jaw that connects the lower jaw to the skull in front of the ear. Temporomandibular joint disorder can be caused as the result of an injury, a disease, the aging process, or habits such as clenching and grinding the teeth. Bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding) may alter the alignment of the teeth after time and cause muscle spasms and inflammation. The symptoms of TMD/TMJ are varied and wide ranging and often include head and facial pain, pain around the eyes, watery eyes, tooth pain and sensitivity, ear pain, dizziness, difficulty swallowing, neck and back pain and the possibility of the jaw locking in an open or closed position. Ringing in the ears or hearing loss may also be noted and TMD/TMJ is often misdiagnosed as an ear infection. Headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting are common symptoms associated with temporomandibular joint disorder. The headache may be sharp and searing or dull and constant. A thorough examination by a neuromuscular dentist will uncover the cause of all your symptoms and treat the TMD/TMJ, not just the symptoms. If you live in the Calgary, Alberta, Canada area and you are suffering from the symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder, please contact the TMD/TMJ neuromuscular dentistry team at the Aesthetic Dental Studio today.