TMJ (TMD) Therapy in Hamilton, Ontario

Your temporomandibular joint connects your jaw to the skull. It allows you to move your jaw in various positions, such as up and down, back and forth, and side to side, so you can do everyday activities like speaking and chewing.
When there are issues with the TMJ joint it can lead to temporomandibular disorder, also known as TMD. Dentists are not entirely sure what the specific causes of TMD are but it is believed that it arises when there are issues with the jaw muscles or with the joint itself. Some possible causes include:
•    Injury to the joint or jaw from to a heavy blow or whiplash
•    Bruxism, which is a condition that causes a person to grind or clench their teeth which places excessive pressure on the joint 
•    Arthritis in the joint which causes pain and discomfort 
•    Stress which can increase the risk of teeth clenching and grinding
TMD has a wide variety of symptoms and can affect people in various ways. Women are more likely to suffer from TMD than men and it most common in people between the ages of 20 and 40. Some of the common TMD symptoms include:
•    Difficulty opening your mouth wide
•    Popping or grating sounds in your joint or jaw area
•    Headaches and migraines due to excessive teeth grinding and clenching
•    Pain in your jaw joint, face, neck, and shoulders 
•    Getting a locked jaw 
•    Feeling fatigued 
•    Bite issues, such as the upper and lower teeth failing to close properly
•    Headaches and toothaches
•    Ear-related problems, such as ringing and earaches
If you believe you have TMD, the first step is to visit the dentist for a comprehensive examination. Your dentist will review your dental and medical history and examine your teeth to determine the exact cause of your pain. Once the cause has been determined, we can create a step-by-step treatment plan to correct your issues and relieve your suffering.
A few of the possible TMD treatments may include using oral appliances, such as a stabilization splint, to alleviate pressure placed on your joint and protect your teeth from grinding and clenching. Other treatments may include stretching and relaxation exercises for your jaw and face.
The team at Dentistry on Queenston will work with you to eliminate your TMD pain. Contact our practice in Hamilton to set up an appointment. We proudly serve the communities of Burlington, Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Ancaster, and Oakville.