Effective Treatment for TMJ in Winnipeg
Do you need treatment for TMJ? Ellice Dental Group, Pearl Family Dental Care and Integral Dental can help you find relief. This painful condition affects your temporomandibular joint, which connects your jawbone to your skull and helps you chew, swallow, speak and yawn. If your dentist diagnoses you with a temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD, that means you're experiencing problems with your TMJ. Common symptoms of the disorder include:
- Pain and tenderness around your ear, jaw joint and jaw muscles
- Clicking and popping sounds in your jaw
- Popping, ringing or cracking sounds in your ears
- Headaches or migraines
- Stiff neck and jaw muscles
- Locking or dislocation of your jaw
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty chewing
- Swelling on your face or jaw
After a thorough examination of your mouth, our dentists can recommend several types of treatment. Please keep in mind that what works for others may not do the same for you, so it's very important that we maintain an open line of communication and continue to try different forms of treatment until we find what works best.
What Causes TMJ Problems?
A number of factors may contribute to TMJ disorders, but we don't know exactly what causes the condition just yet. While many people think muscle tension brought on by stress is a primary cause of TMD, there are many other reasons why your TMJ may become aggravated or inflamed. Injuries to your jaw or joint diseases like arthritis can lead to TMJ disorders, as can having poor posture in your neck and upper back. Additionally, if you grind your teeth or chew gum excessively, these activities can worsen your symptoms. It's also been shown that women ages 18 to 44 and patients with misaligned teeth are more susceptible to TMD.
Diagnosing and Treating TMJ
As soon as you notice ear or jaw pain or any of the other symptoms listed above, please schedule an appointment at Ellice Dental Group, Pearl Family Dental Care and Integral Dental. We're experienced with diagnosing and treating TMJ in Winnipeg. While there is no specific test used to identify TMD, we can diagnose the disorder after taking your medical history and doing a physical exam on your head, neck and shoulders. If the problem is significantly impacting your daily life, we may recommend you to a specialist as well.
There are a few ways to treat TMJ disorders. Some problems get better without extensive treatment and only need a simple cold or warm compress on the jaw. A gentle massage of the jaw muscles might also help the problem. However, if a TMJ disorder is more severe, your dentist may recommend a treatment plan that includes relaxation techniques and a visit to a chiropractor or a physiotherapist. Medicine for the pain or inflammation may also be prescribed. We also suggest refraining from chewing gum and trying to eat softer foods until the discomfort can be managed by other methods.