TMD (TMJ) Therapy Nepean - Nepean Dentist - Nepean Dentures
In addition to the general oral and dental care that is provided here at the Dental Health Practice, our Nepean dentist, Dr. Janet S. Leith, also treats patients that suffer from TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorders. The temporomandibular joint is what connects the temporal bones found in your skull to your jaw. TMD occurs when there are complications associated with your jaw and face muscles. Common signs and symptoms that a patient suffering from TMD may experience include but are not limited to the following:
- Frequent headaches or migraines
- Severe pain or ringing in your ears
- Locking of the jaw either open or closed
- Pain associated with opening your mouth either by chewing or yawning
- Pain and stiffness in the jaw muscle, particularly around the cheeks, temples, neck, and shoulders
There is not a definitive or precise cause as to why you may develop or experience temporomandibular joint disorders, however TMD can be triggered if the joint becomes misaligned, the cartilage in the joint has deteriorated due to arthritis, or the joint was damaged by a force of impact. If you are suffering from any of the symptoms listed above or suspect that you may have an issue with your temporomandibular joints, then head over to the Dental Health Practice, where our Nepean dentist, Dr. Janet S. Leith can provide a plan of action to treat your TMD.
Dr. Janet will customize your treatment plan according to your specific needs. This includes using oral appliances or orthodontics, and recommending massage therapy or physiotherapy to help alleviate the pain. Other ways to alleviate the pain caused by TMD include medication like muscle relaxants or Aspirin, using a night guard to prevent teeth grinding, and learning to relax your face and mouth muscles.
Our Nepean dentists and staff are committed to ensuring that you are comfortable and healthy. Here at the Dental Health Practice, Dr. Janet and her team of Nepean dentists are available to help alleviate pain associated with TMD. Contact our office in Nepean, Ontario to set up an appointment today.