TMJ Dentist in Stoney Creek

You may have heard of TMJ Syndrome before, but are you aware of the symptoms and treatment involved with it? TMJ Syndrome is a major issue that can cause extreme discomfort, but with proper TMJ treatment, that pain can be relieved and the issue resolved.

What is TMJ Syndrome?

Your jaw controls a lot more of your actions than you may realize, and plays a role in talking, chewing, and yawning. The connection between your skull’s temporal bones and your jaw is called the temporomandibular joint and it gives you the mobility you need to eat and speak. It should be no surprise that problems with this joint can be painful and inconvenient.

Everyone has 2 temporomandibular joints, which are the joints located in front of your left and right ears. TMJ syndrome is a medical problem that is related to the function of this joint. When your teeth aren’t properly aligned with the jaw and to each other, your jaw can easily shift to a new position so that it can compensate for the misalignment. This area can become inflamed along with the muscles associated with the joint. The inflammation in the surrounding muscles can manifest as tension in the temples, neck, and shoulders. This painful set of symptoms is known as TMJ disorder.

The conflict between your jaw joints and the teeth’s biting surfaces then generates stress on the tendons and muscles of the temporomandibular joint, causing pain, discomfort, and other problems like:
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Muscular aches

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Headaches

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Neck, back, face and shoulder pain

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Aching near the ear

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Dizziness

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Buzzing, ringing, or hissing, in the ear

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Difficulty and pain while chewing

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Decreased jaw function

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Locking or clicking in your jaw

What causes TMJ?

Unfortunately, anybody can develop the joint disorder, for a wide variety of reasons. The most common reasons include:

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Arthritis in the jaw joint

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Trauma to the jaw as a result of injury

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Frequent grinding and clenching of teeth

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Chronic stress

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The disc between the jaw joint and its socket have slipped out of place

In a very small number of cases (approximately less than 5 percent), problems arise as a result of a person’s bite or occlusion. This can occur as a result of the teeth growing into a sub-optimal position (thereby they affect the person’s bite) or as a result of orthodontics or braces. It’s important to note that TMJ problems tend to affect more women than men and young and middle-aged adults receive a temporomandibular joint diagnosis more often than older adults or teenagers. Fortunately, TMJ treatment does exist and will help relieve pain and symptoms.

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Symptoms

– Headaches
– Ear pain and jaw pain
– Tension in back of the neck
– Tension in the shoulders
– Pain in the eyes or face
– Jaw Pain or tenderness
– Clicking/popping of jaw
– Limited movement in the jaw
– Tooth sensitivity
– Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)

Diagnosis

Dr. Rocci will ask you about your symptoms and examine your teeth and tooth alignment to determine the cause of your discomfort or inflammation. 

TMJ symptoms can be confused with something as simple as a cavity, or as complex as a head or neck problem. From there, a TMJ treatment plan will be developed.

Treatment

Appliance Therapy uses a splint to alleviate pressure from jaw-clenching and teeth-grinding, diminishing the force that causes the pain and inflammation in the TM joint and surrounding muscles. Misalignment of teeth can cause the clenching and tension that leads to TMJ disorder symptoms. Dr. Rocci will perform Tooth Adjustment Therapy to regain the proper balance.

Contact Our Dental Clinic Today!

Dr. Rocci has been taking care of the community’s oral health for more than 30 years. Our Stoney Creek family dental office believes in providing every family with a customized experience and education plan that fits their needs. We make sure that the families we serve see a positive impact on their overall health and not just individual symptoms. Book an appointment with us today and our team will be happy to answer any questions you have the services we provide.