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Treating TMJ/TMD in Collingwood

Experts say that nearly 3% of Canadians suffer from TMJ or TMD disorders. TMJ symptoms include the classic hallmark of a jaw “clicking,” as well as earaches or ringing ears, jaw pain, discomfort chewing and/or swallowing and more.

It’s not a “mental” or “in your head” situation, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! If you are experiencing TMD, you have legitimate physical issues working against you as the temporomandibular joint affects eating, smiling and speaking – essential activities in life. The good news? We offer TMJ/TMD treatment in Collingwood. Our dental clinic uses proven technology to assess and diagnose your TMJ condition. Then we go about treatment of TMD with a variety of tested means such as TENS therapy, mouthguards, orthodontics, restorative dentistry and more. We’ll also guide you along the way for better oral health and lifestyle habits. Contact DDS Collingwood for TMJ / TMD consultation, assessment and treatment.

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TMJ Disorder Symptoms

This problem can impact people differently. Symptoms can include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Pain around the jaw, cheek, ears, and neck
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Pain when chewing
  • Locking jaw
  • Popping, clicking, or grating jaw noises
  • Earaches
  • Change of facial expression
  • Changes in how the upper and lower teeth fit together
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What Causes TMD?

No one factor is the cause. It could be caused by strain in the jaw or temporal muscles. There are numerous aspects of the issue, including:

  • An injury of the jaw or neck.
  • Grinding or clenching your teeth.
  • Dislocation of the joint
  • Badly placed crowns or fillings
  • Improper bite alignment

Please contact us to book an appointment if you are experiencing TMJ pain. We collaborate with you to identify the issue and establish a treatment strategy.

TMD Treatment Options

Depending on your needs and the underlying causes of joint dysfunction, TMJ treatments may include:

  • Bite guard
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Pain relievers
  • Physical therapy
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Realignment of the teeth: This TMJ procedure involves moving the position of the upper and lower teeth in relation to one another. The "bad bite" is effectively eliminated, and new restorations or natural teeth may also be added.

If you have TMJ pain, please get in touch with us to schedule an appointment. We work together with you to determine the problem and develop a treatment plan.

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TMJ FAQs

The term Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) describes a number of conditions that affect the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which joins your jawbone to your skull. It may result in a number of symptoms, including jaw pain, popping or clicking in the jaw, and trouble opening and closing the mouth.

TMD and TMJ are not interchangeable terms. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a disorder or condition that affects the joint itself, the TMJ. TMD hence denotes the condition or issues connected to TMJ, whereas TMJ refers to the joint.

Yes, TMD has the potential to cause additional dental and medical problems. Neck pain, ear pain, and headaches can all be symptoms of chronic TMD. It can also make it uncomfortable to eat and speak, which could cause dental troubles and nutritional concerns.

TMD cannot always be completely avoided, but certain precautions can help lower the risk. These consist of stress management, abstaining from excessive chewing of gum or biting of fingernails, maintaining good posture, and utilizing appropriate ergonomics, particularly if you work at a desk. These steps could lessen the chance of getting TMD.

Stress can play a big role in the onset or worsening of TMD symptoms. It frequently results in teeth clenching or grinding, which can put stress on the jaw joint and the muscles around it. Techniques for reducing stress, like as meditation and counselling, can be helpful in treating TMD.