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Treatment of TMJ Disorders

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Dr. Park Family Dentistry offers TMD treatment in Kingston, Ontario. 

Contact us at 613-544-2432 to schedule an appointment in our Kingston, Ontario office.

What is TMD Treatment?

TMJ Disorders

TMD stands for temporomandibular joint disorder. The condition is also commonly known as TMJ. TMD is a painful condition that affects the temporomandibular joints that connect both sides of the jaw to the skull. It can cause myofascial pain, internal joint problems, and degenerative joint disease.

Dentists can treat TMD by prescribing 3D-printed splints that hold the jaw in the proper position. A TMD splint is similar to a mouthguard. They allow the muscles and ligaments in the jaw to relax, preventing grinding, clenching, and other habits that exacerbate TMD pain.

Botox can also temporarily treat TMD pain and discomfort. The dentist injects Botox into the facial muscles experiencing pain.

Our dental office also works with a physiotherapist that specializes in TMD treatment and vertigo to help relax the painful jaw and facial muscles and joints.

Signs You Need TMD Treatment

The signs of TMD can start subtly, but the condition often progresses to where it causes the patient a great deal of pain. Here are signs you may need treatment:

  • Stiffness in the jaw
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Painful popping, clicking, or grating in the jaw
  • Pain in the jaw joint and chewing muscles
  • Hearing loss, dizziness, or ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Change in dental bite

If you only have a non-painful clicking or popping sound in your jaw, this is a normal phenomenon and does not need treatment.

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Why Choose Dr. Park Family Dentistry?

Our office provides comprehensive treatment for TMD and related disorders, including dental and physiotherapy care. We use updated materials and techniques to offer a modern dentistry experience in a warm, friendly office environment. We speak English and Korean.

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes TMD?

Bruxism or teeth grinding can bring on TMD. Any repetitive clenching or grinding motions like excessive gum chewing and chewing on non-food objects can irritate the joint and cause pain in the surrounding muscles.

Other causes of TMD include neck, head, or jaw trauma, arthritis, and a misaligned dental bite. Genetics may also play a role.

Can TMD cause headaches?
Stress can cause people to clench their teeth, putting pressure on the temporomandibular joints. Pain, muscle spasms, and headaches can follow.
How does a dentist diagnose TMD?
Dentists carefully examine your symptoms and thoroughly evaluate your head, neck, mouth, and jaw. Other medical and dental conditions could also bring on symptoms that TMD may cause, so a dentist's expert diagnosis is the best way to discover if you have the condition.
What can I do to prevent TMD?

Activities that you should avoid as much as possible include:

  • Clenching your jaw
  • Grinding your teeth
  • Chewing gum too often
  • Chewing pens, ice, or other non-food items
  • Yawning widely
  • Resting your chin in your hand
  • Exhibiting poor posture

As much as you can, stay away from these poor habits.

Call Dr. Park Family Dentistry

Talk to your dentist today about possible solutions if you have one or more of the listed symptoms. In most patients, TMD responds well to non-invasive treatment. You don't have to live with the pain of TMD. Call our office today at 613-544-2432 to set up an appointment.

Contact our office today to schedule your appointment!

1412 Princess St., #101B
Kingston, ON K7M-3E5
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