TMJ Treatment

Understanding TMJ Treatment

TMJ TreatmentTMJ stands for temporal-mandibular joint. Temporal, as in temple area of skull; mandibular as in mandible, or lower jaw; joint as in where the head and jaw meet.

Problems in this joint may be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, trauma, or excess muscle tension.

Cartilage buffers the two bones and five muscles that meet in this area, but any problems in this area can create quite a bit of pain and biting difficulties.

Symptoms of TMJ include:

  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Trouble/soreness in opening and closing the mouth
  • Clicking or popping of the jaw
  • Pain in the jaw muscles
  • Soreness in the area, sometimes extending to the face

The TMJ is a hinge and gliding joint and is the most constantly used joint in the body. The round upper end of the lower jaw, or the movable portion of the joint, is called the condyle; the socket is called the articular fossa. Between the condyle and the fossa is a disk made of cartilage that acts as a cushion to absorb stress and allows the condyle to move easily when the mouth opens and closes.

Dental treatments for the condition can include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite and filling gaps between teeth. There is no one solution that is right for all cases.   Occasionally an acrylic night guard is used to prevent clenching or grinding that is contributing to the problem.

 If untreated and in severe cases, surgery may be required to repair a badly damaged joint.

TMJ Treatment Diagram

Family Dental Services in Guelph

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100 Edinburgh Rd S.
Guelph, ON, N1H 5P4

Phone: (519) 824 – 5678
Email: info@jaindentalcare.com

 

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Tuesday: 8:00AM – 8:00PM
Wednesday: 8:00AM – 4:30PM
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Important Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients,

The health of our patients and staff is of utmost importance to us. In lieu of the spread of Coronavirus we have been mandated by the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario to reschedule all patients booked for elective dental care. Our office will reach out to those patients already booked to reschedule.

Sorry for the inconvenience. Our office will remain open to see patients with dental emergencies.

 

If you have a dental emergency please call Dr. Jain directly on his mobile at 519-830-5246.

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