Disorders of the temporomandibular joints, or TMD, are complex issues that can cause painful or unpleasant symptoms. Because these joints connect your jaw to the rest of your head, they are used frequently every time you open your mouth. At Harvest Hills Dental Care in East Gwillimbury, ON, we offer TMJ treatment to help alleviate the pain in your joints and muscles and help you find relief.
There are several reasons you might develop TMJ disorders. They include injury to the mouth, grinding teeth, malocclusion, arthritis, or even habits such as frequently chewing on hard objects or gum. In many cases, patients experience symptoms without realizing the cause of their pain is TMJ disorder. That’s because the symptoms can range drastically. Among some of the common ones include:
At Harvest Hills Dental Care, we understand the complexity of disorders of the temporomandibular joints. The first step to finding an effective treatment plan is to understand the root cause of your symptoms. For some patients, we may need to first try orthodontic treatment in order to improve misaligned teeth. For others, we may recommend eliminating certain habits such as frequent gum chewing or biting nails. In many cases, we will also suggest oral appliance therapy. By using a custom-fit oral appliance that you wear at night, we can reduce night grinding and clenching which places an enormous amount of stress on the joints.
Other treatments that can help with the symptoms of TMJ disorders include:
Don’t silently suffer with jaw pain or stiffness. Call the team at Harvest Hills Dental Care to schedule an appointment for an evaluation. We’re experienced in accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plans that can relieve your pain.