TMJ Therapy to Reduce Pain
The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is a network of muscles, nerves, and bones that connects the lower jaw to the skull, right at the lower ear. When your teeth line up properly and the TMJ works well, everything is fine -- but if not, chronic pain and poor jaw functionality are soon to come. TMD is temporomandibular joint dysfunction, a painful condition that can be caused by a number of medical conditions. If you are dealing with a clicking, popping, or uncomfortable jaw, your dentist at Torbram Dental provides therapy for TMJ in Brampton.
What Causes TMD?
There are several causes of TMD. An injury to the face or jaw can throw off its alignment. Misaligned teeth that do not fit together like they should can also cause TMJ pain, as well as nighttime teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Stress, gum chewing, and arthritis also contribute to jaw pain. The condition affects slightly more women than men, and is more likely to occur in older patients.
No matter what causes TMD, seeking a diagnosis and treatment is crucial. When ignored, the condition can take a real toll on your oral health, causing teeth grinding that wears down your natural tooth enamel, leaving you with more sensitivity and at an increased risk of decay. People who live with TMD also deal with chronic pain, headaches/migraines, and tingling extremities.
Symptoms and Warning Signs of TMD
Watch out for the warning signs of TMD so you can receive a diagnosis and effective treatment sooner rather than later. Some of the most common warning signs of TMD include…
- A clicking, popping, painful jaw
- The sensation of lockjaw
- Difficulty eating, speaking, and opening wide
- Ear and neck pain
- Ringing in the ears
- Teeth grinding
- Sensitive teeth, weak or worn enamel
- Chronic headaches and migraines
How We Treat TMJ Pain
Treatment for TMJ can range from a small splint that you wear during sleep to orthodontic treatment that improves the alignment of your bite. The splint realigns your jaw to take pressure off the TMJ and also cushions the tooth enamel to reduce wear and tear from nighttime teeth grinding and jaw clenching. The treatment that is right for you depends on what’s causing the TMJ pain to begin with.
Dr. Vince Fava undergoes frequent continuing education and extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ. He will give your jaw a thorough examination to reach an accurate diagnosis and put together the most effective TMD treatment plan for you.
Get In Touch With Your Dentist in Brampton
If you are dealing with the painful symptoms of TMJ, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at Torbram Dental. We can help you get out of pain and on with your life with effective therapy for temporomandibular dysfunction in Brampton. We invite you to request an appointment today!
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