TMJ and TMD Therapy
TMJ and TMD Therapy
TMJ is the abbreviated name for the temporomandibular joint, but it is also used to describe the disorder that can afflict this very important joint. It is located where the upper and lower jaw meets, and it is responsible for many different actions, such as speaking and eating. It is in use and in motion constantly, so any issues that may affect it are very painful and can progressively worsen if left untreated.
The most common symptoms related to the temporomandibular joint are:
- Popping/clicking of the jaw when it is moving
- Pain in the muscles around the jaw
- Headaches and earaches
- Soreness when opening and closing the mouth
TMJ Treatment in Saskatoon
A highly effective and non-invasive TMJ treatment is a dental appliance that is used while sleeping. This nightguard works in many different ways, the first of which is to keep the jaw in a stable and neutral position. This appliance is important because it allows the patient to rest the jaw, while also keeping it in a desirable place. For those that also suffer from sleep apnea, a dental appliance can help to keep the airways in an open position. The treatment of TMJ disorders is often multi-disciplinary and may involve seeking physiotherapy, massage therapy, and/or a chiropractor.
Do you wake up with a sore jaw or unexpected headaches? Are you noticing your teeth are starting to grind down or show cracks? You may be suffering from bruxism, and a dental appliance can help you.
After a complete examination, your dentist can identify any additional TMJ treatments that may be necessary for addition to the dental appliance.
At Wheatland Dental, we provide treatment options and treatment as general dentists. TMD and TMJ issues, especially chronic ones, often involve more than one provider for diagnosis and treatment. This will often involve Physiotherapy, a Massage Therapist, Chiropractor, your MD, and in severe cases an Oral Medicine Specialist and/or Oral Surgeon. If you have any questions or concerns about your jaw, please ask us at your next dental visit.