Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (often known as “TMD” or “TMJD”) refers to trouble with your jaw muscle and the joints that connect it to your skull. Several factors such as arthritis, injury and genetics can contribute to TMJ dysfunction, often making it difficult to determine the cause.
If you’re suffering from frequent headaches and jaw pain, or if your jaw clicks, you may have TMJ issues. There are non-surgical options for treating TMJ, depending on the severity of your symptoms.
If you believe you may be suffering from TMJ dysfunction, contact Pretoria Bridge Dental today.
At Pretoria Bridge Dental, we work with our patients to determine the cause of their TMJ pain and discomfort. By assessing the state of your jaw and its relation to your skull, we’re able to make a diagnosis and outline potential treatment options — including pain-relieving appliances, orthodontics or restorative procedures to rebuild flat teeth.
Our team would be happy to get in touch with you to discuss a treatment plan for TMJ dysfunction. For more information about TMJ dysfunction in Downtown Ottawa or nearby areas (such as The Glebe, Sandy Hill, Ottawa East, Old Ottawa South, etc.), contact us today.
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Although several factors contribute to the diagnosis of TMJ dysfunction, there are a few common signs and symptoms to be aware of:
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, make sure you mention them to your dentist so that our team can assess whether you need treatment.
There are a number of different causes for TMJ pain to flare up including:
Yes, it can. In fact, many people who begin to experience TMJ symptoms tend to have them on one side of their face. As the disorder progresses, it usually begins to affect the other side of the face as well. However, in some cases, it can continue to affect only one side of the face.
If you have TMJ pain that is making it difficult to sleep, try lying on your back. This is the best position to keep your neck and back in good alignment, and keep pressure off of your jaw, alleviating pain, and allowing the joint to rest and recover while you sleep.
We have two free parking spaces in our clinic lot. Also, there are five parking spaces at the Ottawa Chinese Bible Church (on the corner of Main and Graham). On Graham Avenue you will find two-hour parking available; while there is also parking on Hawthorne Street from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and then again from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.