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TMJ Treatment

TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint, which is the bone structure, muscles and connective tissues that surround the jaw and control chewing. When patients experience disorders of this joint, they are said to have a temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. Symptoms of TMD include pain and tenderness near the jaw, as well as popping or clicking in the joint when speaking or chewing. There are many ways of treating TMJ disorders in Toronto, ranging from non-invasive therapy and bite splints to injections or surgery. The treatment of TMD is multifactorial in nature including stretching, application of heat, massage, and anti-inflamatory pain medication. Left untreated, however, TMJ disorders can lead to headaches, muscle pain, malocclusion and and potentially tooth damage from grinding or clenching.

Did you know…that TMD alone is not a disorder, but instead a collection of disorders that affect the temporomandibular joint? It is the second most common pain-causing musculoskeletal condition in the U.S. according to the U.S. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, as many as 12 percent of may suffer from some type of TMD, with women twice as likely to be affected than men. Many cases TMD is independent of your teeth, and therefore not treatable by your dentist alone. Despite the prevalence and wide availability of treatment, only one out every three people with TMD fails to seek treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if Toronto TMJ treatment is right for me?

You will first need to be formally examined and diagnosed with TMJ disorder. You Toronto dentists will evaluate the extent of the condition and determine what course of treatment is best for you. Usually, the initial approach involves conservative treatments, such as self-care, physical therapy and bite guards. Medications may also be used to relax the jaw or relieve pain. Patients who do not respond to conservative treatments may be considered for surgery or joint injections.

What should I expect if I undergo treatment for TMJ

Toronto TMJ treatment varies from patient to patient, so your experience may be very different than someone else’s. You’ll probably be asked to adopt certain lifestyle changes to help facilitate rehabilitation in your jaw. For example, you may be asked to avoid sudden jaw movements, such as yelling or yawning. You may also need to begin sleeping on your back and take steps to reduce your stress levels.  As a board certified prosthodontist, Dr. Fava always will start your therapy with the most conservative options first to treat you in the least invasive fashion possible.  Modifications of the biting surfaces of your teeth is recommended as a last resource, when all other treatment options have been exhausted.

 

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