TMJ-TMD Therapy

TMJ (TMD) Therapy

Do you or someone you know suffer from chronic pain in the jaw, face, head, neck or shoulders? This pain may be caused by a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) Do you feel pain when trying to open your mouth, or does it hurt to move your mouth from side to side? You could be suffering from the common problem of Tempromandibular Joint pain or Tempromandibular Dysfunction. Other symptoms include:

Pain in the neck and/or shoulder

Ringing in the ears

Hearing loss or ear pain

Grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw while sleeping

Constantly feeling fatigued

Hearing a popping or grating sound, or any other noise in your jaw joints

Suffering from chronic headaches in your temples or above your eyes

Because there can often be multiple causes for TMJ symptoms, there’s not a “set” way of treating these conditions. That said, the first step in any successful treatment is the proper diagnosis. Whites Road Dental can perform an evaluation of your symptoms and concerns and suggest a customized treatment therapy for your condition—and in many cases, we can work with you to identify other treatment partners—such as physiotherapists, chiropractors, cranio/mandibular specialists or even massage therapists—who will all work together to bring you relief.

Part of the dental examination includes checking the joints and muscles for tenderness, clicking, popping or difficulty moving. Depending on the diagnosis, Dr Bunt may refer you to a sleep physician for a sleep study.

There are several treatments for TMJ disorders. This step-by-step plan from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research allows you to try simple treatment before moving on to more involved treatment. The NIDCR also recommends a “less is often best” approach in treating TMJ disorders, which includes:

  • eating softer foods
  • avoiding chewing gum and biting your nails
  • modifying the pain with heat packs
  • practicing relaxation techniques to control jaw tension, such as meditation or biofeedback.

If necessary for your symptoms, the following treatments may be advised:

  • exercises to strengthen your jaw muscles
  • medications prescribed by your dentist; for example, muscle relaxants, analgesics, anti-anxiety drugs or anti-inflammatory medications
  • a night guard or bite plate to decrease clenching or grinding of teeth.

In some cases, Dr Bunt, will recommend fixing an uneven bite by adjusting or reshaping some teeth. Orthodontic treatment may also be recommended. Dr Bunt will recommend the most appropriate therapy based on the suspected cause and will take the time to review all the pros and cons of each treatment recommendation.

 

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https://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/talk/complications/temporomandibular_disorder/