TMJ (TMD) Therapy in Aldershot, Ontario

TMJ, or TMD, refers to temporomandibular joint disorder. This occurs when the there is impairment of the joint that connects your upper and lower jaw. The TMJ joint is extremely intricate and allows you to move your jaw in a variety positions, such as up and down, back and forth, and side to side. Any issues that impact the muscles, ligaments, and joints in that area can cause TMJ.

TMJ causes a variety of symptoms but the most common one is popping or clicking sounds or the jaw getting stuck temporarily. Other common symptoms include:

  • Headaches or migraines

  • Earaches or pain in the ears

  • Discomfort when opening your mouth

  • Pain when yawning or chewing

  • Jaw muscles that are tender

At the moment, dentists are not sure what the exact cause for TMJ is but it is believed that damage to the joint is what causes TMJ disorder. This can occur due to an injury or genetic reasons. Teeth grinding and high stress can also play a role.

Because TMJ symptoms vary so widely and impact people in different ways, there are various treatment options available. These include applying moist heat to the area, learning relaxation and stretching techniques to relax the jaw, and wearing an oral appliance to prevent teeth grinding and clenching.

At Gardens Dental, our team of Aldershot dentists will perform a comprehensive examination of your oral tissues. Your dental and medical history and lifestyle are also reviewed to get a complete understanding of your condition. Once we have a proper diagnosis, we can create a personalized treatment plan to treat your TMJ disorder.

Treatment plans can include relaxation and stretching exercises for the jaw, custom-made oral appliances, as well as physical therapy. If dental problems are causing your symptoms, we may recommend surgery; however, this is often the last resort. 

If you or a loved one is suffering from TMJ, don’t delay. Contact your friendly TMJ dentist in Aldershot, Gardens Dental, to set up an appointment today.