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TMJ Disorder Treatment

Jaw pain, ringing in the ears and headaches are all signs of TMJ Disorder (TMD). At Oceanfront Dental, we can diagnose and treat your uncomfortable TMD symptoms. 

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Temporomandibular Joint Issues

The TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull. This hard-working joint facilitates the smooth and easy movement of your jaw both up and down and side to side, allowing you to speak and chew effectively.

TMJ Disorder (or TMD) occurs when there are issues with this joint and the muscles in your face, resulting in symptoms such as popping and cracking sounds when speaking or eating, jaw pain, headaches and ringing in the ears. If left untreated, TMJ Disorder can lead to chronic pain, bone loss, gum tissue changes and loose teeth. 

Problems with the temporomandibular joint most often arise due to a misalignment of the teeth and/or jaw. However, other factors may contribute to the development of TMJ Disorder, including skull shape, genetics, airway issues and injury or trauma to the jaw. 

Treating TMJ Disorder

At our Vancouver dental clinic, Dr. Seddon and his team can test for, diagnose and provide an effective treatment plan for TMJ Disorder.

Your treatment may include wearing a mouth guard when sleeping to prevent damage caused by clenching and grinding. 

Relaxation techniques, physical therapy, or the use of a TENS machine (an electrical stimulus device) to encourage the face and jaw muscles to relax may also be recommended.

For some patients, orthodontic treatment may be required to correct underlying misalignment issues. Our dentists will work with you to create a treatment plan based on your specific needs. 

TMJ Disorder Symptoms

TMJ Disorder can result in a wide range of painful symptoms. This is largely because your compromised jaw muscles have to work extra hard to do their job. Common symptoms of TMJ Disorder includes:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Teeth grinding (usually during sleep)
  • Jaw, face and/or neck pain
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Dizziness

If you are experiencing any symptoms, contact us for a proper diagnosis from one of our Vancouver dentists.

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