Are you suffering from TMJ disorder ?
For most people with temporomandibular joint disorders, the jaw often feels painful when they try to open the mouth widely. Another common symptom is a clicking sound on the jaw joint when you try to open or close the mouth. In some cases, swelling can occur on the face, neck or shoulder. In extreme cases, TMJ disorders can make it difficult to eat, chew or talk.
Treatment for TMJ disorders
At Smiles on Queen, we utilize a whole-body approach to treating TMD. Research indicates that TMD can be due to a variety of factors, such as sleep apnea, stress, diet, tooth alignment issues, and neuromuscular disorders. Due to its complex nature, therefore, each patient is treated individually to alleviate their symptoms, and a one-size-fits-all approach to treating TMD is never taken.
First, our dentist will perform an evaluation to determine the severity of the condition as well as the patient’s unique needs. We may recommend using a mouthguard or splint to prevent clenching or grinding of teeth, which may worsen the condition. If you experience nighttime clenching or grinding, a night guard can help relieve the pressure on the muscles and joints, and thereby prevent migraines/headaches caused by TMJ disorders.
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Some patients will respond better to lifestyle changes and a more holistic approach to TMJ therapy. Our dentists may recommend a range of exercises that are proven to help alleviate symptoms by relaxing tense muscles and increasing blood flow to the sore areas of your face and jaws. Heat/cold therapy to sore muscles may be recommended. Your sleep pattern and habits can also be monitored, and sometimes, essential oils can be added to your therapy to improve the quality of your sleep and naturally ease your symptoms. Our dentists can also perform TMJ bite therapy in order to alleviate the pain.
When to visit a dentist
If you experience pain in your jaws, tenderness of the muscles of your face, or an increased frequency of headaches, it is important to visit a dentist because you could be suffering from TMD. Visit us today for an effective treatment for TMJ disorder.