TMJ Therapy – Scarborough, ON
Get Relief from Your TMJ Disorder
Does your jaw often click or pop when you open and close your mouth? Do you often experience facial pain? You could suffer from a disorder of the temporomandibular joint, which affects roughly 5% to 12% of the population. This occurs when the joints connecting your jaw to your skull on either side of your face dysfunction, leading to a variety of symptoms. At BAL Dental Centre, we can stop your pain and improve your quality of life with TMJ therapy in Scarborough.
What is a TMJ Disorder?
Your temporomandibular joint acts as a hinge, allowing you to open and close your mouth for chewing, speaking, yawning, and other functions. There are times when the muscles controlling the joint suffer strain from stress, grinding your teeth, or a poorly aligned bite. In some cases, there can be an abnormality with the joint itself, such as damage from a previous injury or arthritis.
No matter the cause, you can experience an array of symptoms, such as jaw or facial pain and tenderness. The discomfort may not be isolated to your jaw. In fact, it can also radiate to your neck or ears. It is common to have frequent headaches as well.
TMJ disorders often cause you to have limited mobility of the joint. It can make your jaw click and pop or make a grating sound when opening and closing your mouth. In some cases, it may even lock into an opened or closed position.
Your dentist in Scarborough specializes in treating disorders of the temporomandibular joint to give you the relief you need.
Treating TMJ Disorders
Besides discussing your symptoms, we perform a comprehensive examination of your oral structures and your jaw. This may also include digital images to allow us to see issues that may be brewing beneath the surface. Based on our findings, we create a customized treatment plan to stop your pain while improving your jaw’s function.
Often, we recommend the use of an oral appliance, which is custom-fit for your comfort. It aligns your jaw to rest in a more natural position to take the strain off your joints. Over time, your jaw is retrained to naturally fall into that position for long-term relief.
If an oral appliance is not effective, we may recommend reshaping your teeth. Minor adjustments are made to the top and bottom teeth to allow them to come together in a more harmonious way. This can provide you with permanent relief.
While you undergo treatment, there are several things you can do at home to help stop your discomfort, such as stress-relieving exercises, eating softer foods, and avoiding gum. Your dentist carefully explains their suggestions to relieve the strain on your jaw.
Get TMJ Relief Today
You do not need to live with the pain and discomfort of TMJ disorders. BAL Dental Centre has the solutions you need. Our highly qualified dental team uses the latest advancements in dentistry to improve your jaw’s function. Contact our dental office today to schedule your consultation for TMJ therapy.