TMJ Disorder Treatment
What is TMJ Disorder?
The TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull. It lets you move your jaw up and down and side to side so you can talk and eat.
TMJ Disorder (or TMD) occurs when there are issues with the jaw and the muscles in your face that cause symptoms like jaw pain, headaches, and ringing in the ears. This can lead to chronic pain, bone loss, gum tissue changes, and loose teeth if left untreated.
Most often caused by misalignment of the teeth and/or jaw, other factors that may contribute to the disorder include skull shape, genetics, airway issues, and injury or trauma to the jaw.
How To Treat TMJ Disorder
At Victoria BC Dental, our dentists can test for, diagnose, and provide our patients with treatment plans for TMJ Disorder.
Treatment may include wearing a mouth guard for sleep to prevent clenching and grinding.
Your dentist may also recommend relaxation techniques, and physical therapy to encourage the face and jaw muscles to relax.
In some cases, orthodontic treatment may be required to correct underlying misalignment issues. Our dentists will work with you to create a treatment plan based on your specific needs.
TMJ Disorder Symptoms
TMJ Disorder can cause a host of painful symptoms because your compromised jaw muscles have to work extra hard to do their job. Common symptoms include:
- Headaches and migraines
- Teeth grinding (usually during sleep)
- Jaw, face and/or neck pain
- Ringing in the ears
If you are experiencing any symptoms, contact us for a proper diagnosis from a dentist.