TMJ (TMD) Therapy
At Orleans Gardens Dental Centre, we not only treat cavities but also temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ) or temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD). These conditions occur as a result of dysfunction with the TMJ joint that connects the lower jaw bone to the skull. This joint has the important function of allowing us to move our jaw in various positions such as up and down, side to side, and back and forth. Without this joint, we wouldn't be able to do many simple things such as laughing, yawning, and speaking.
Even though TMJ impacts people in different ways, there are a few common symptoms which include:
- Pain in the TMJ joint and jaw area.
- Problems related to your ears, such as hearing problems, ringing, and pain.
- Migraines and occipital headaches in the morning.
- Pain in your neck and shoulders.
- Bruxism, such as nighttime teeth grinding and clenching.
- Daytime fatigue as result of a poor quality sleep.
As you can see, TMJ can impact you in many different ways. And because physicians are still unsure of the exact cause of TMJ, treating it can be tricky. At the moment, we believe that TMJ occurs from issues with the TMJ joint which can be caused by trauma, stress, or genetics. Based on the specific cause of your TMJ symptoms and where it has originated from, our treatment plan will differ from patient to patient.
As a result, the first and most important step to effectively treat your TMJ starts with an in-depth evaluation. During your evaluation, we will examine your oral tissues and bite and review your dental history and lifestyle. Based on these factors, we will craft a personalized treatment plan for you.
Just some of the possible therapies that we may recommend include stretching exercises to relax your tense jaw joints and muscles and oral appliances, such as stabilization splints, to prevent teeth grinding and clenching. Our treatments can also include experts from other fields such as massage therapists, chiropractors, and physiotherapists, to help relieve your pain. Our Dental team has a wealth of experience helping patients to eliminate their TMJ pain once and for all. Contact Gardens Orleans Dental Centre to set up an appointment today.