TMJ and TMD Treatments

//TMJ and TMD Treatments
TMJ and TMD Treatments 2015-01-22T17:54:44+00:00

Sore Jaw and face, NO problem. At Yam Dental, your dentist in Newmarket, we provide treatments for TMJ problems. Call us today at (905) 836-0836 for a free consultation.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)

Signs and symptoms of TMD:

  • Headaches, particularly in the morning
  • Pain or tenderness of the jaw muscles
  • Pain or tenderness in and around the ear and the face
  • Clicking, popping, crunching or grinding noise when opening or closing the mouth
  • Difficulty or pain in chewing, yawning or opening wide
  • Neck pain
  • Earache in the absence of an ear infection

Possible Causes of TMD:

  • Bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching)
  • Jaw injuries
  • Joint disease
  • Arthritis
  • Head and muscle tension
  • Stress
  • Ill fitting dentures

Treatments of TMD:

  • Very often, patients with TMD get better by themselves.
  • Cold or warm compresses can be applied to ease sore jaw muscles.
  • Avoid eating hard, sticky and chewy foods including chewing gum
  • Eat a soft diet and cut food up into small pieces.
  • Try not to open the mouth too wide when you yawn
  • Relax your jaw muscles

How can the dentists help?

The diagnosis includes a thorough examination and dental x-rays by the dentists. Sometimes, study models (molds of your teeth) are needed to obtain a record of your chewing and biting pattern.

Conservative treatments include:

  • Counseling and relaxation therapy
  • Medication to relieve pain, inflammation or tense muscles
  • Correcting the way the teeth fit together
  • Wearing a grinding appliance or night guard

Call us today at (905) 836-0836 for a no charge consultation to learn how we can help you with your sore jaw.