Dental Therapy for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
A Look at The Various TMJ Dental Therapy Techniques Offered at Your Wakefield Dental Clinic
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can lead to a variety of painful symptoms, such as chronic headaches and pain while chewing. The TMJ connects the upper temporal bone in your skull to your lower mandible (or jaw). A healthy TMJ should function smoothly, without any cracking, popping, locking, or pain. But if you have a TMJ disorder, you may experience moderate discomfort at best or debilitating migraines at worst. If you experience frequent pain anywhere in your jaw, head, or neck, visit your Wakefield dental clinic for dental therapy options.
Leading Causes of TMJ Disorder
Do you find yourself clenching your jaw when you’re stressed out? Many of us have nervous tics caused by stress that can lead to TMJ disorders over time. Too often, we’re not even aware that we’re clenching our jaws or grinding our teeth. Stress, injury, and overworking the jaw are among the leading common causes of TMJ disorders:
- Bruxism (clenching and grinding of the teeth)
- Disease of the TMJ
- Injuries to the jaw
- Retrognathia (recessed lower jaw)
TMJ disorder symptoms vary depending on how serious the disorder has become. If you have any of the following common symptoms of TMJ disorders, contact your dental clinic for treatment and relief:
- A buzzing in the ears
- Jaw muscle pain
- Face, neck, head, shoulders, or back pain
- Clicking, popping, or cracking when your jaw moves
- Locked jaw
- Pain when opening your mouth
- Unable to align or close teeth properly
- Discomfort when biting down
The type of treatment your dentist will recommend depends on the severity of the disorder. Your dentist will determine what’s necessary based on your symptoms and an examination of your mouth, jaw, and TMJ. Common dental therapy treatments for TMJ disorders include:
- Stress management to help control jaw clenching and teeth grinding;
- Behavioural changes, such as eating soft foods, improving posture, and reducing jaw movement;
- Physical therapy to exercise your jaw’s joints and muscles;
- Wearing a mouth guard in bed to avoid bruxism;
- Orthodontic treatment to improve an over, under, or cross bite;
- Dental restoration, such as crowns or implants, to improve bite;
- Botox® Therapeutic™ treatment to relax the TMJ and alleviate painful symptoms; and
- Surgery for the most severe cases of TMJ disorders.
If you have constant headaches or pain while moving your jaw, visit your dentist as soon as possible. A visit to your Wakefield dental clinic will make a world of difference by treating your TMJ disorder, relieving your pain, and improving your quality of life.
A graduate of the University of Montreal in 1996, Dr. Eric Marcil is a gum specialist gums (i.e., a periodontist). After taking many training courses in aesthetic rehabilitation, he focuses mainly on the manufacturing of ceramic restoration, which is the only material restoring the original strength to the treated tooth. Passionate about surgery and aesthetics, he has developed a talent for wisdom tooth surgery and grafting, as well as for aesthetic and functional rehabilitation. In addition, Dr. Marcil has just completed an advanced Botox training to relieve patients of their pain and thus eliminate the continual intake of drugs and also prevent the fracture of restorations by grinding or clenching of the teeth.