What can be done to find relief from TMJ/TMD?
Patients with TMJ/TMD concerns may find that their dentist can offer them a solution. At Harvest Hills Dental Care of East Gwillimbury, Ontario, we are pleased to educate patients on this condition and help them find a solution that provides them with the relief they need to function at their best!
What is TMJ/TMD?
TMJ is an acronym that stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the hinge connecting your jaw to the skull. TMD is the name of the disorder and stands for temporomandibular disorder, a general term used to describe any problem with the temporomandibular joint or the muscles that control it.
What causes TMJ/TMD?
There are several different causes of TMJ/TMD, but it is often the result of teeth grinding or clenching, which can put a lot of stress on the temporomandibular joint. Other causes include arthritis, jaw injury, and stress.
What are the signs of TMJ/TMD?
Symptoms of TMD can include pain in the jaw, face, neck, or shoulders, clicking or popping sounds when you move your jaw, headaches, and dizziness.
What can be done to find relief from TMJ/TMD with a dentist?
The answer may vary depending on the severity of your TMJ/TMD and what is causing it. If you have mild TMJ/TMD, your dentist may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers or mouthguards. If you have more severe TMJ/TMD, your dentist may recommend treatment from a dental specialist called an oral surgeon or orthodontist. Treatment options for severe TMJ/TMD may include:
- Splint therapy. A custom-made splint can be fabricated and worn to help position the jaw correctly and relieve pain.
- Over-the-counter pain medications. Regular pain medications can help with the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ/TMD pain to provide fast-acting relief.
- Botox injections. Some patients might be referred to another professional to have Botox injections administered to help relax the muscles around the jaw and provide relief for several months before reinjection is needed.
- Orthodontic work. Patients with poor bite alignment due to malocclusion may find that orthodontic treatment can relieve their TMJ/TMD pain by ensuring proper bite positioning.
- Restorations. If dental restorations like crowns and bridges have been affected by this condition, these can be replaced to restore the bite and function of the smile.
- Surgery. In very severe cases, surgery may be needed to correct the problem.
Find a solution for your TMJ/TMD condition
If you are experiencing pain from TMJ/TMD, be sure to see the dentists at Harvest Hills Dental Care to find out what treatment options are available to you. You can reach us for an appointment by calling (365) 659-1008 and visiting the practice at 181 Green Lane E, Suite #2.
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