TMJ

At Fort Malden Dentistry, our caring and attentive team will tell you if the symptoms you are experiencing are due to TMJ.


What is TMJ?

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, also known as TMJ, refers to pain in a patient’s jaw joint. However, TMJ symptoms are not limited to the jaw joint. TMJ can result in many diverse symptoms, which can range from uncomfortable to extremely painful and disruptive. Possible symptoms include:

    • Pain in your jaw joint
    • Locking or clicking of your jaw
    • Headaches
    • Difficulty chewing or biting
    • Ear pain, ringing in your ear, and even hearing loss
    • Dizziness
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • An unusual feeling in your jaw
    • An unusual feeling in your bite

    The symptoms of TMJ are extremely varied. It is important to have a professional examination if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. After a brief assessment, our caring and attentive team will tell you if the symptoms you are experiencing are due to TMJ.

    What causes TMJ?

    TMJ can be caused by trauma to the jaw area, simple wear and tear over time, or bad habits such as teeth grinding or clenching your teeth. Our skilled team can help you understand if your habits are contributing to your TMJ. Sometimes simple alterations in lifestyle and behaviour will lead to significant improvement in your TMJ symptoms.

    How will my dental team at Fort Malden Dentistry help my TMJ?

    When our team has diagnosed TMJ, there are a number of treatment options available. We frequently recommend a custom-made bite guard to our patients suffering with TMJ, as this simple dental appliance can significantly improve symptoms.

    Are there any other treatment options to improve my TMJ symptoms?

    Yes, there are a number of other treatment options that may help. Physical therapy, medication, a change in habits that may be worsening the TMJ symptoms, or injections may all improve symptoms of TMJ.


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