TMJ Treatment Near You
Temporomandibular disorders are conditions that involve the temporomandibular joint or TMJ. There are two TMJ’s, on both sides of your face. The TMJ is the link between the temporal bone of the skull and the jawbone, otherwise known as the mandible.
Although very few people are familiar with the TMJ, we use it daily to breathe out of our mouths, speak, and eat. The TMJ is, therefore, one of the essential joints in your body. If you suffer from a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), you will find it difficult and painful to perform crucial oral functions and movements. To add to the challenge that TMD poses, it is not as easy to find their exact cause. When determining the cause of TMD, there are many factors to consider, for example, genetics, other joint conditions, and past injuries such as sports injuries or motor vehicle accidents. The good news is that, although it is painful and difficult to diagnose, TMD is easily treatable. With focused care, splint therapy, and/or medication, one can effectively reduce pain and inflammation that are the result of temporomandibular disorders.
If you experience pain and sensitivity in your jaw, consistent pain in and around your ear, or discomfort while eating, you may suffer from TMD. Chronic facial pain or difficulty to open and close your jaw can also be indications of TMD.
When these symptoms occur, schedule an appointment with a medical professional. Your dentist will also be able to provide you with treatment to alleviate the symptoms of TMD.
What are the Common Causes of a Temporomandibular Disorder?
The list of possible causes of TMD is quite long. Disc slips, cartilage damage caused by arthritis, and blows to your jaw can all cause pain and discomfort in your temporomandibular joints. Even upon close examination by a specialist, it may be a challenge to determine the exact cause of TMJ-related pain.
What Does TMJ Therapy Entail?
Looking for TMJ treatment in Vaughan, ON? We are happy to provide TMJ treatment near you at our dental office. This typically involves the targeting of the masseter muscle and the medial pterygoid muscle. A dental professional may choose to treat the problem intraorally instead of working with the joint itself. This involves gently massaging the medial pterygoid muscle from the inside of the mouth for approximately 30 seconds. The massage will cause the muscle to release allowing you to experience relief instantly. Treatment may also involve stimulating the masseter muscle from the outside of the mouth. If the pain and discomfort don’t subside, the therapist may massage the jaw-closing muscle—temporalis—to loosen it.
The techniques in combination with the use of medication can offer you instant relief from temporomandibular joint pain and discomfort. In severe cases, it may be necessary to undergo surgery. Fortunately, this is seldom necessary.
If you are looking to find treatment for TMD, your dentist can provide you with a temporary appliance. This device prevents the top and bottom teeth from being in contact, relaxing your jaw muscles. Once this happens, the jawbone shifts into its natural biological position.
Vellore Woods Dentistry can provide you with practical and long-lasting TMJ therapy in Vaughan, ON. If you experience pain or discomfort around your facial muscles, ears, or jaw, contact us today to schedule an examination. Our dental office is happy to provide you with effective TMJ treatment near you.