TMJ / TMD Therapy in North York - Dentist in Toronto
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, and refers the the joint that connects your lower and upper jaw. It’s an extremely complex set of small moving parts that allows you to move your lower jaw up, down, and side to side.
Because it’s such a mechanically complex joint, small changes can quickly lead to a significant loss of function, pain, and a variety of other symptoms that stem from the joint’s position and necessarily complex interactions with the various surrounding muscle groups, bones and ligaments.
The most common signs that you might have TMJ tend to be difficulty and discomfort when opening or closing one’s mouth, a popping sensation or clicking when chewing, chronic headaches, neck stiffness, ringing in the ears, and nocturnal grinding of teeth.
TMJ can crop up for a variety of reasons and the root cause of the disorder will inform the treatment. That’s why it’s important to consult with your dentist if you notice any symptoms. Properly identifying the root cause of your TMJ and all your ensuant symptoms will help your dentist choose the appropriate course of action.
In some cases, patients have benefited from a mouthguards or stabilization splints worn at night. The idea is to prevent the patient from grinding their teeth. This is important not only because of the muscular strain that occurs through teeth grinding, but also to prevent wearing down enamel, unwanted repositioning of teeth, or a variety of other problems associated with nighttime grinding on teeth. A well fitted mouthguard can help alleviate existing TMJ, and potentially reduce the risk of being afflicted with it again.
If you suffer from TMJ/TMD, Dr. Chung, your local North York dentist may be able to help. Don’t hesitate. Contact us today, or make an appointment online.