Mississauga dentists provide soothing TMJ treatment
If you have TMJ problems, you may have been told, “It’s all in your head.” In truth, the very real pain you feel may extend well beyond your mouth, face, and head. Disorders of the temporomandibular joint can throw the whole body off balance. The dentists at Huron Dental Centre help patients in the Mississauga area find TMJ relief with effective dental treatment.
Are you suffering from TMD?
You may not even realize your issues originate in the jaw. If you experience these symptoms, you may have temporomandibular joint disorder:
- Pain in the jaws, face, ears, neck, or shoulders.
- Stiffness in the mouth, or limited mobility.
- Jaw locks in an open or shut position.
- Grinding, clicking, or popping noises when the jaw is worked.
- Discomfort or difficulty chewing.
- Teeth feel like they do not align properly, or bite has changed.
- Frequent headaches or migraines.
- Bruxism – clenching or grinding teeth excessively.
- Sensitive, worn, or broken teeth.
Causes of TMD
Most joints in your body (like a knee or elbow) allow one type of movement. TMJs are complex because these hinges on either side of the head are intended to allow the jaw to open and close, slide side to side, and push forward – motions you need to bite, chew, speak, and make facial expressions. TMJs are an orchestration of bones, muscles, nerves, ligaments, and articulating discs. When any of those elements are not in harmony, the joint becomes compressed and irritates the trigeminal nerve. The ripple can be felt, literally, from head to toe.
Your dentist at Huron Dental Centre makes a thorough evaluation of your mouth, head, and neck to determine treatment options. In some cases, oral appliance therapy is very effective. This discreet device, about the size of an orthodontic retainer, gently repositions the jaw during sleep, relieving strain on the joint. In other situations, bite can be rebalanced with adjustments to teeth or dental restorations. Orthodontic treatment is also an option.
Your TMJ symptoms are valid, and they are taken seriously by the team at Huron Dental Centre. Call 855 393-0900 to schedule a treatment evaluation at our Mississauga office.