TMJ

Helping mitigate TMJ symptoms in Ottawa

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Treating TMJ in Our
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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.

Finding the Cause, Planning
TMJ Treatment Options

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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Signs & Symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction

Although several factors contribute to the diagnosis of TMJ dysfunction, there are a few common signs and symptoms to be aware of:

  • Pain or tenderness of your jaw
  • Aching pain in and around your jaw
  • Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
  • Lockjaw or difficulty opening and closing mouth

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.

Why You Need to Seek Treatment for TMJ Dysfunction

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.

FAQs

A dentist can assess and diagnose a patient’s TMJ symptoms and recommend effective forms of treatment. For instance, if a patient’s TMJ issues come from teeth grinding or jaw clenching, they can recommend a dental appliance such as a dental plate or splint to keep them from causing further damage and allow the TMJ joint to rest and recover. Furthermore, a dentist can refer the patient to a specialist for treatment, or a physiotherapist if needed.
TMJ disorder is not life-threatening, however leaving it untreated can lead to increased pain, discomfort and tension in the jaw that can affect other areas of your life. Parts of your life may change to revolve around relieving your pain and discomfort. Chronic pain has also been shown to lead to the development of mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Don’t ignore jaw pain, especially when you experience it regularly. Contact us instead to see if we can help!

There are a number of different causes for TMJ pain to flare up including:

  • Stress which can cause jaw clenching and teeth grinding when awake or asleep.
  • Hormonal changes caused by medications or supplements.
  • Hard and chewy foods which can add more stress to an already strained TMJ.
  • Poor posture which can shift your lower jaw forward, disrupting its normal function.
  • Weak neck muscles that don’t support the TMJ properly.

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.

In most cases, surgery is not required to treat TMJ dysfunction. Non-surgical approaches are taken to relieve you of the symptoms you are experiencing. Typically, a mouth guard or night guard will be recommended to treat TMJ. In cases that are more severe, your dentist will refer you to an Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon for corrective jaw surgery.

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