Redwood Dental Centre - Thunder Bay

TMJ Therapy in Thunder Bay

TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint, and TMD stands for Temporomandibular Disorder. These terms are frequently employed to reference conditions that impact the muscles, nerves, and joints in the jaw.
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Jaw Pain Is Not Normal.

If you find yourself experiencing jaw pain as a regular part of your daily life, it might appear to be a common occurrence. However, it’s essential to recognize that jaw pain is not normal and could be an indication of a condition known as TMD, affecting one or both of your TemporoMandibular Joints (TMJs), which are the joints in your lower jaw. When there’s disease or misalignment in these TMJs, it can lead to inflammation in the TMJ area, resulting in pain and other associated symptoms.

What are the indications of TMJ disorder (TMD)?

  • Headaches
  • Earaches and tenderness around the ears
  • Facial or jaw pain and tenderness
  • Muscle discomfort in the neck, shoulders, and upper back
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Clicking, popping, or grinding in the jaw
  • Difficulty with chewing, yawning, or opening your mouth

How Do We Diagnose And Treat TMJ Disorder?

Diagnosis

The management of TMD commences with a thorough clinical assessment, which includes an evaluation of your facial features, jaw, bite, joints, and teeth. Throughout your examination, we will assess for any discomfort or tenderness and pay attention to any clicking or popping sounds that occur when you open and close your mouth, swallow, or chew. If a diagnosis of the disorder is confirmed, the initial course of treatment often involves the recommendation of a bite splint or night guard.

Treatment and Relief

In our treatment approach, we utilize bite splints, which are individually crafted plastic mouthpieces designed to securely fit over either your upper or lower teeth. These devices effectively mitigate the grinding and clenching behaviors that frequently contribute to or exacerbate TMD. Additionally, the splint helps to reposition the jaw, relieving strain on the adjacent area.

Alternative Treatment Options

Should a misaligned bite or the absence of teeth be identified as the underlying cause of your symptoms, our recommendation may include orthodontic treatment or restorative dental procedures. In situations where your bite is exerting excessive pressure on the TMJs, we may propose reshaping specific teeth to evenly distribute the bite force.

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Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

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Frequently Asked Questions

TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint. If this joint becomes misaligned or inflamed we refer to that as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMD for short.
Signs or symptoms of TMD include pain and tenderness in or around the ear, the jaw joint, or the muscles of the jaw, face or temples. Other symptoms are problems opening or closing your mouth, and a clicking, popping, crunching or grinding noise when you chew, yawn or open your mouth. TMDs may be linked with neck pain and headaches.
TMD is caused by a combination of factors like jaw injuries and joint disease, such as arthritis. It’s believed that bruxism (tooth clenching or grinding) and head or neck muscle tension may make TMD symptoms worse. Stress is also a possible factor. However, it is not clear if stress causes TMD or is a result. Other things that may lead to TMDs are partial or full dentures that are not the right fit and certain habits such as fingernail biting and pen or pencil biting. As you can see, there are an array of different causes which makes TMD hard to diagnose. The best way to understand your jaw pain symptoms are to book an appointment.
There are many possible causes of headaches. No doctor will be able to determine the cause of your headache without a physical examination.
Most often, TMJ pain can be treated effectively with non-invasive treatments and therapies. In very rare circumstances, TMD may require surgery. Your health and happiness are both important to us. We will always present you with all of your options, work through the safest and easiest options first, and give you the final decision on what happens next.

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