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April 10, 2017

TMJ treatment Calgary, AlbertaTMJ disorder, otherwise known as temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD, can cause numerous life altering side effects and symptoms. Because the temporomandibular joint contains an intricate collection of muscles and nerves, when it becomes misaligned, it can cause a lot of pain. But what, exactly, are the other less common symptoms you should be on the lookout for?

Your jaw can become misaligned through actions such as clenching or grinding your teeth, arthritis and poor posture. The most common symptoms associated with this condition include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Lockjaw
  • Clicking or popping in the jaw

There are many more signs of TMJ disorder that involve the rest of your body. You may experience less common symptoms, such as:

  • Ear pain
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Shoulder pain
  • Neck pain
  • Arm numbness or tingling
  • Dizziness
  • Severe, consistent headaches or migraines

If you experience any of the above symptoms, your body may be warning you about TMJ disorder, and that it may be time to find a solution to address the problem.

However, the best way to fully determine if you do in fact have TMJ disorder is to meet with our dentist and discuss your oral healthcare concerns. Dr. Cload utilizes technology and treatment options for neuromuscular conditions such as TMJ.

If you're in the Calgary, Alberta area and would like to learn more about your TMJ treatment options, give our office a call at 403-278-1415 to schedule your initial consultation.

March 06, 2017

Calgary dentist Dr. Steven Cload is pleased to offer ozone therapy to our speed healing and reduce infection risks. Call 403-278-1415 to learn more!When you hear the word “ozone,” you likely don’t think of dentistry. However, just as ozone is used to sterilize water supplies, clean fruits and vegetables, purify air, and disinfect laundry, this molecule has been used in the medical industry to speed wound healing and help prevent infection for decades. Calgary dentist Dr. Steven Cload is pleased to offer ozone therapy to our patients, helping reduce risks and improve results with a number of general and cosmetic dentistry services.

At our Calgary dental office, ozone may be used to:

  • Disinfect the site of extracted teeth
  • Eliminate bacteria from cavities
  • Reduce infection inside of a tooth

In fact, any procedure in which purification is needed can be assisted through ozone therapy. During your next visit to our office, Dr. Cload would be happy to discuss this in greater detail and to help you determine if it is a good fit for your needs.

Is Ozone Therapy Safe and Effective?

According to a comprehensive study conducted by the Nation Institutes of Health in the United States, ozone therapy has the potential to offer a number of dental benefits including pain control, infection control, tooth remineralization, and elimination of tooth stains. The NIH also reports that ozone in dentistry can accelerate healing, assist in tissue regeneration, and even control halitosis.

Economical, minimally invasive, and incredibly effective, ozone therapy has many uses in dentistry and may serve as a good alternative to antibiotics and other traditional but potentially harmful methods of infection control. Dr. Cload uses ozone in many of our procedures and welcomes an opportunity to discuss how it can be used to protect and improve your smile during your next visit to our Calgary dental office.

Please contact Southcentre Dental Clinic to learn more about ozone therapy or to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Cload. We welcome patients from Calgary, South East Calgary, and all surrounding areas of Alberta.

February 10, 2017

For help with your headaches and jaw pain, our Calvary, Alberta dentist can alleviate your TMD/TMJ symptoms.How do I know if I have a neuromuscular disorder?

Neuromuscular symptoms can include a wide range of problems, from headaches and jaw soreness to tooth loss and stiff muscles. The only way to find out if you have a TMJ/TMD problem is to undergo a thorough evaluation from an experienced neuromuscular specialist like Dr. Steven Cload. As a neuromuscular professional who has seen countless cases of neuromuscular problems, Dr. Cload understands the body mechanics and stability issues that can lead to an imbalanced bite. Often, there are other body issues that can cause these symptoms, so it is important to choose a dentist who has a well-rounded background in the field of neuromuscular dentistry.

Can TMJ be permanently cured?

TMJ problems are usually very treatable, but proper evaluation and TMJ / TMD diagnosis is an important element in finding a permanent solution. For some patients treated at our Calgary neuromuscular dentistry office, referral to a trusted chiropractor or other specialist is recommended. Before any type of treatment is designed, it is suggested that you visit our LVI-trained Calgary dentist Dr. Steven Cload for a full TMD evaluation.

Are the TMJ treatments expensive?

The cost of neuromuscular treatment will depend largely on the diagnosis and treatment recommendations Dr. Cload delivers. In some cases, insurance may cover a portion of the expenses. For patients who prefer to pay for TMJ/TMD treatment over time, we offer affordable payment plans and flexible financing options. Please contact Southcentre Dental Clinic in Alberta today to get started.

What happens if a neuromuscular treatment doesn’t work?

Because there are so many components working together to create a balanced bite, it often takes more than one type of treatment to turn a bad bite into a healthy one. Treatment combinations may include lifestyle changes, postural or physical therapies, chiropractic care, cosmetic dentistry, or orthotic devices, depending on your physical symptoms and jaw-tracking diagnosis results.  Dr. Cload and his team will work hard to ensure your neuromuscular problems can be solved using the most conservative and efficient treatments possible.
If you’d like to know more about TMJ and neuromuscular dentistry, see Choosing the Right TMJ/TMD Treatment or submit a question online.

Don’t settle for a Calgary dentist who lacks training in the important field of neuromuscular dentistry. For TMJ / TMD services and smile design with jaw joint health in mind, please contact Southcentre Dental Clinic in Calgary, Alberta, today. Call us at (403) 278-1415.

February 02, 2017

Gingival recession, or gum recession, is what happens when the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth wears away, or pulls back, exposing more of the tooth, or the tooth's root.  Gum recession is most common in adults over the age of 40, but it may also occur as early as the teen years.  Unfortunately, gum recession can pose a number of oral problems including:

-tooth sensitivity
-teeth may also appear longer than normal
-increased risk for cavities
- if left untreated, the supporting tissue and bone structures of the teeth can be severely damaged, and may ultimately result in tooth loss

The good news is gingival recession can be fixed!  Dr. Cload is one of a few dentists in the Calgary area who is certified to practice the Pinhole Surgery Technique (PST).  This technique is a procedure that doesn’t involve cutting or stitches. Instead, PST uses a needle to make small holes above affected area. A small instrument then frees the gum tissues from the bone. The gums are then moved down to a healthy position covering the exposed roots. Once the tissue has been moved to the new position collagen strips are placed under the gums to keep the tissue in place. The collagen also helps to keep the gums in place during the healing process.

Benefits of Pinhole Surgical Technique?

Less painless usually compared to traditional grafting (CTG)
Multiple teeth can be done at one time
Fast recovery times
Minimally invasive
Increases tissue volume

Other dentists maybe would perform what is called a Connective Tissue Graft (CTG). Although this procedure is highly effective it can be quite painful and only a few teeth can be done at a time.  This results in more dental visits, longer healing times, more stitches, etc. 

To schedule a dental consultation and determine if PST is right for you, please contact Southcentre Dental Clinic today. We proudly serve all patients in Calgary, Alberta and make an effort to ensure that all financial needs can be met. Please view more about our financial plans here. Call us at (403) 278-1415.

Tags: Gum recession, Pinhole Surgery Technique
February 01, 2017

Calgary TMJ TreatmentThere are a number of treatment options available for relieving the painful symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (often abbreviated as TMJ or TMD).

Because TMJ/TMD can be caused by a number of factors including bite conditions, teeth spacing problems and jaw alignment issues, choosing the right treatment option for you requires an accurate TMJ/TMD diagnosis. Using the principles of neuromuscular dentistry, Calgary dentist Dr. Steven Cload will determine the source of your discomfort and recommend a custom treatment plan to correct your unique condition and relieve your pain.

Employing K7 EMG technology, Jaw Tracking and TEN’s (Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation to relax your jaw muscles and neck/shoulder muscles,  Dr. Cload will assess your bite and locate your jaw’s natural, comfortable resting position. Depending on the specifics and severity of your condition, TMJ/TMD treatment may include:

  • Examination and potential postural correction with our NUCCA trained chiropractor
  • Coronoplasty- Re shaping the teeth to improve the fit and create a more balanced bite
  • Using an oral appliance to promote bite stabilization and jaw alignment
  • Using braces or Invisalign to correct a bite condition
  • Undergoing bite reconstruction to treat severe teeth alignment problems. With this option we can also correct very poor aesthetics at the same time

The causes and symptoms of TMJ/TMD vary widely among patients, and there is no single solution ideally suited to every person who suffers from TMJ/TMD. It’s important to undergo a thorough exam in order to find the best TMJ/TMD treatment option for you.

For more information about TMJ/TMD and the field of neuromuscular dental treatment, please see our TMJ/TMD Questions page.

If you would like to learn more about TMJ/TMD diagnosis and treatment, please contact the Southcentre Dental Clinic to schedule your personal consultation with Calgary, Alberta, dentist Dr. Steven Cload.

Tags: TMJ Treatment
February 01, 2017

Wintertime in Calgary can exacerbate sleep apnea symptoms. Call Dr. Steven Cload at (403) 278-1415 to learn how our noninvasive treatment options can help

Sleep apnea is not dependent on the weather, but certain conditions can exacerbate some of its symptoms. During the colder and dryer months of winter, men and women who struggle with sleep apnea in Calgary and surrounding areas of Alberta may experience an increase in sleep apnea symptoms such as:

  • Loud snoring
  • Breath cessation while sleeping
  • Frequent morning headaches
  • Waking without feeling rested

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call Calgary dentist Dr. Steven Cload at (403) 278-1415 to schedule an evaluation and treatment consultation right away.

The Dangers of Untreated Sleep Apnea

Unlike allergies, sleep apnea is not seasonal, although it may become more intense when the air outside is colder. As symptoms increase, so too does awareness of this dangerous condition, making wintertime an ideal time to seek lasting and noninvasive treatment options to avoid serious complications.

Serious complications linked to sleep apnea include:

  • Heart attack and stroke
  • Hypertension
  • Memory loss
  • Severe mood swings
  • Excessive daytime fatigue

The long-term impacts of sleep apnea range from slight inconveniences to fatal diseases, all of which are unnecessary due to the incredibly simple ways in which this common sleeping disorder can be treated.

Calgary dentist Dr. Steven Cload offers oral appliances for the treatment of sleep apnea that offer a comfortable and safe alternative to CPAP machines. If you have long struggled with sleep apnea or if your current treatment is causing more problems than it solves, Dr. Cload welcomes an opportunity to meet with you and assess your condition, and to help you determine if one of our sleep apnea treatment options may better meet your needs.

To schedule your sleep apnea consultation at our Calgary, Alberta office, please contact Southcentre Dental Clinic today. We serve Calgary and all surrounding areas. 

Tags: sleep apnea
January 24, 2017

To learn more about the causes of TMD or TMJ, contact Calgary neuromuscular dentist Dr. Steven Cload, providing dentistry to Calgary and all of AlbertaMany of our Alberta patients are surprised to learn that their headaches and facial pain are caused by TMD/TMJ. Temporomandibular joint disorder can affect your health in many other ways, triggering ear pain, bruxism (teeth grinding), and other painful symptoms. By understanding the causes of TMD/TMJ, you can take steps to prevent it from plaguing you in the future.

Clenching and Grinding Your Teeth

TMJ is often caused by trauma – either internal or external. Generally speaking, “internal” trauma occurs when patients clench or grind their teeth, often unknowingly in their sleep. Grinding and clenching (called “bruxism”) inflames the membranes of the muscles surrounding the temporomandibular joint, placing stress on the joint and/or misaligning it.


External trauma is any injury that is suffered to the jaw area. This can be a punch to the jaw, an awkward fall or a sports injury. An external injury can dislodge, damage, or otherwise misalign the jaw joint.

Misaligned Teeth

Poorly aligned teeth and an imperfect bite are not just a  cosmetic dental issue. They cause your jaw muscles to stretch in an effort to bring your bite back into the proper alignment. This stretching puts a significant stress on the jaw joint and plays a role in the headaches and pain caused by TMJ.


Both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis can cause TMJ due to the slow loss of cartilage and bone erosion, which inevitably affects your posture and skeletal structure. The damage to your jawbone can cause intense pain and headaches.

Bad Posture

If you have poor posture or suffer from some other body mechanics and stability issue, these problems can affect the neck and jaw areas. These, in turn, can produce TMJ and its assorted symptoms.

If you are suffering from the symptoms of TMJ/TMD, please contact Southcentre Dental Clinic today to schedule a consultation with   Dr. Steven Cload. We can develop a TMJ treatment plan that will help you find permanent relief from your pain.

Tags: TMJ Causes
January 17, 2017

Tinnitus may be an indication of TMJ. Contact neuromuscular dentist Dr. Cload in Calgary, Alberta at 403-278-1415 to learn how we can help.TMJ (also called TMD) is a misaligned bite that affects the head, neck, shoulders and the whole body. It is a “bad bite”, where your upper and lower teeth do not meet correctly and is properly called Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (abbreviated as TMJ or TMD). There can be many painful or uncomfortable symptoms of TMJ and one of them is tinnitus.

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the name for ringing in the ears. Although no external cause of the sound is present, you hear a ringing sound. Tinnitus is to some extent an unexplained phenomenon. It can be caused by an ear infection, by a foreign object in the ear, by excessive ear wax, ear injury from a loud noise, medication, or by a hearing impairment. In some cases there is no identifiable cause.

The sound may be ringing, or it may be more like roaring, whistling, or humming. It may sound like ticking or clicking. The sounds may stop and start or be continuous, and may change their volume. When you get a tune “on the brain”, that is a form of tinnitus. The tune or song plays unceasingly and can become annoying or distressing.

When tinnitus is severe, it can interfere with daily activities and with sleep. Most often, tinnitus is subjective and therefore cannot be successfully tested or quantified. In some cases, however, there is objective tinnitus, where a physiological connection is found. An example is a sound that pulsates in time with the heartbeat. Sometimes a muscle spasm causes clicking or crackling sounds.

Tinnitus and the Jaw Joints

The jaw joints are located very close to the ears, as you can confirm by putting a fingertip inside each ear and moving your lower jaw. You can read more about the jaw joints at: What is the Temporomandibular Joint?

Many TMD patients have tinnitus as one of their symptoms. TMD creates chronic stress in the jaw muscles and and nerve supply contributing to tinnitus.

Dr. Cload will listen to your list of symptoms and manually palpate the jaw muscles, testing your range of jaw motion. He will examine your jaw joints, bite, and general dental status and will be able to determine whether your tinnitus may be caused by TMD or by something else. If it is caused by TMD, he will include it as a focus in your treatment plan.

For more on TMD, please see TMJ/TMD Questions. At Southcentre Dental Clinic, we offer a full range of services for TMD, with a customized treatment designed to treat your symptoms and correct any dental defects that are contributing to the problem.

If you would like to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Cload, please call or email our Calgary, Alberta dental office today.

Tags: Tinnitus
January 05, 2017

If you are looking for the safest and most effective way to brighten your smile, call Calgary dentist Dr. Steven Cload at (403) 278-1415 to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation today

Charcoal is an ingredient that can be found in some natural toothpastes. Following a viral YouTube video in which a popular vlogger boasted that charcoal in toothpaste absorbs bacteria, eliminates toxins and, despite its dark color, whitens teeth perfectly, interest in this ingredient has increased significantly. But is using charcoal to whiten your teeth a good idea?

In the short-term, charcoal may be effective at removing stains from the surface of teeth. Working similarly to baking soda, this abrasive residue can polish stains away. What’s more, activated charcoal has been shown to bind toxins, which lends some credence to the claim that it helps keep teeth and gums free of bacteria. However, the long-term use of charcoal on the teeth is not yet known – and there is a fair amount of concern regarding its safety.

Charcoal may whiten teeth and bind certain toxins, but it can also erode tooth enamel and severely weaken the integrity of the teeth. Due to its abrasiveness, it may also cause teeth to look mottled or blotchy after it removes surface stains, and lead to yellowing and discoloration as it removes enamel. For these reasons, avoiding charcoal in toothpaste is likely your best bet.

If tooth staining or discoloration is marring your smile, Calgary dentist Dr. Steven Cload can help. Offering a range of tooth whitening options, Dr. Cload can safely and effectively brighten your smile and help you look your very best.

If tooth whitening alone proves insufficient to perfect your smile, Dr. Cload would be happy to discuss other cosmetic dentistry treatments – including tooth bonding and porcelain veneers – that can be used to whiten, strengthen, and enhance the overall beauty of your teeth.

If you are looking for the most effective tooth whitening options for your smile, please contact Southcentre Dental Clinic to schedule a consultation today. Dr. Cload provides cosmetic dentistry services to men and women living in Calgary and all surrounding areas of Alberta.

Tags: Teeth Whitening
December 21, 2016

If you’re prone to dizziness or vertigo, you know how difficult it can be to keep up with your normal life.  It can happen when one stands too quickly when their blood pressure is low. Or, it may be related to your Temporomandibular Joint.  This happens because the Temporomandibular Joint, TMJ, is the joint that connects the jaw to the skull and is located right beside the ear.  The ear is responsible for maintaining your balance as well as allowing you to hear. When the TMJ is not functioning properly it has the ability to trigger the inner ear resulting in dizziness, pressure, popping and ringing in your ears.

If you have struggled with any of these issues, it may be a good idea to discuss your situation with Dr. Cload to determine if TMJ is the underlying cause. TMJ Disorder will not improve without treatment and symptoms will continue to come and go.     

In addition to vertigo and ear pain, TMJ symptoms may include:

  • jaw pain

  • neck pain

  • muscle pain

  • joint pain

  • lock jaw

  • eye pain

  • headaches


If you live in the Calgary area and suspect your vertigo may be TMJ related, call (403) 278-1415 to arrange a free consultation appointment.  Dr. Cload can perform diagnostic tests to determine if your bite and TMJ misalignment is the cause.  There are a number of treatment options available that can restore proper alignment to the jaw and eliminate the painful and limiting symptoms of this common neuromuscular issue.

Tags: tmj, Vertigo, Ear Pain