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Tension Headaches & TMJ Therapy

If you ever experience soreness in your head and neck when you wake up in the morning, constant headaches and migraines, aching jaws or sensitive teeth, we can help. You may be suffering from tension headaches, myofascial pain disorder or a condition known as temporomandibular disorder (TMD). At Smiles on Queen, we offer treatments for tension headaches and TMD related to muscular spasm and hyperactive muscle activity.

301 Queen st south, unit 3c,
Bolton Ontario L7E 2B1
Tel.: 905-533-2030
Fax: 905-533-2032

Tension headaches and TMD can occur due to habits like grinding your teeth when you are asleep or clenching in stressful situations. Whenever you clench your teeth, the muscular systems of the jaw, which are some of the strongest muscles in your body, are activated. Clenching makes these muscles 6 to 20 times more active than at rest, and the increased tension that occurs when you clench your teeth can result in headaches (which can also trigger migraines in chronic sufferers), pain in the jaws, and damage to the surrounding muscles and teeth.

Why you need to stop clenching your teeth

Clenching your teeth can bring on a host of problems, including damage to the jaw joints, excessive and premature tooth wear, tooth sensitivity, and tooth fracture. To stop clenching teeth at night, our dental experts can fabricate a custom oral appliance that is designed to curb the cascade of muscular activity leading to clenching when you sleep. In many patients, once the cycle is broken, the appliance may not need to be worn any longer. With proper treatment, habits such as clenching your teeth can be resolved and completely disappear. If you suspect you are having tension headaches or TMD, please talk to our dentists about what we can do for you.

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What is TMD?

The Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge that holds together your upper and lower jaws, allowing normal function, eating, and talking. It is one of the most active joints in your entire body, and its integrity is vital for everyday functions. A TMJ disorder can significantly undermine a person’s quality of life and well-being.

Common signs of TMJ disorder:

  • Constant headaches and/or migraines
  • A clicking, popping or locking sound in the jaws
  • Tinnitus (ringing of the ears)
  • Jaw pain
  • Muscle pain, facial pain, sinus pain and stiffness
  • Spontaneous tooth pain not related to tooth decay or other pathologies
  • Pain in the temples
  • Severe tooth wear
  • Snoring and dizziness

What causes TMJ disorders?

There are different types of TMDs. One is the muscle related temporomandibular disorder that usually occurs due to overworking, fatigue or tension of the jaw. TMJ disorders can also be joint related. In this case, the condition occurs due to problems with the joint itself. For instance, the TMJ can be inflamed if you have arthritis. TMJ disorders also occur due to occlusion problems.

Treatment options for TMJ disorders and tension headaches

At Smiles on Queen, we strive to offer a comprehensive treatment for TMD. Whether you are suffering from tension headaches or TMJ disorder, we will evaluate the type and severity of your condition and offer the best form of therapy for your pain and discomfort. We have qualified dentists who will develop a proper treatment plan for tension headaches and TMJ disorders. The goal is to relieve pain and get your jaw back into proper alignment.

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Daniel Hardison
Daniel Hardison
14:07 17 Feb 18
I am beyond grateful to the staff at the Smiles On Queen. I until the past 6 months had allowed my health and especially my dental health to rapidly decline. I had avoided the dentist for close to a decade and had a lot of fear, shame and embarrassment regarding the state of my teeth. From the moment I entered the office and furthermore on my call to book my appointment I was met with a degree of compassion and understanding that quite honestly has left me overwhelmed. The care, patience and expertise of the hygienist was extraordinary. Additionally the receptionist was equally as kind and understanding. Thank you - you have done so much for my self esteem - I can smile again without having to worry about the appearance of my teeth. I would highly recommend this office to anyone.
Aaron J. Jones
Aaron J. Jones
08:09 20 Feb 18
I was referred to this office by a friend because they offer IV sedation. I was very anxious at the dentist before but I was able to remove my wisdom teeth and I did not feel pain or discomfort. The dentist Dr. Lawrence was confident and told me what I was to expect afterward in terms of minor swelling and they also told me to come back if I have any problems but I am fine and happy. Overall I am happy this office was able to see me and they are great.
Julia Austerlitz
Julia Austerlitz
16:40 14 Feb 18
This dental office is staffed with some of the best people you will ever meet. First of all I would like to say that I’m really afraid dentists (I think its dentistophobia 😊), I've been to over 5 different ones with the same negative results from all. My mother is a cancer survivor and suggested that I check out her dental office...so I did. I was greeted by a team of fantastic people concerned with nothing but my well being. These people are angels sent here to help others in a time of difficulty, it is, honestly an absolutely amazing place.
phillipa cam
phillipa cam
17:50 26 Feb 18
My experience with both Dr Hung and Dr Norsen has been great and their office staff are very welcoming! I was well informed in details of my treatments and felt safe and secure for them to perform it. Both dentist are very gentle and does a phenomenal job. I was happy with my filling when it was done and I'd recommend these guy to every one. 😄
James Edwards
James Edwards
04:00 26 Feb 18
This was by far one of the best dental experiences I've ever had. I have a huge fear of the dentist and was open about my fears upon arrival. Dr. Norsen was kind, caring and catered to my needs and phobia. I 100% recommend this dental facility. I also felt nothing while receiving my fillings and I'm very hard to freeze and had a lot of work that needed to be done. Over all an awesome experience for the dentist.
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