Our Ottawa dentists diagnose and treat the common jaw joint disorder (TMD) to help relieve symptoms and address its underlying causes.
TMJ (Temporomandibular Jointis) is the hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull. TMD (Temporomandibular Jointis Disorder) is the dysfunction of this joint that causes issues with your jaw and face.
The most common cause of TMD is misalignment of the teeth or jaw. Other factors that may contribute include skull shape, genetics or trauma to the jaw.
TMD can cause a host of symptoms because the compromised jaw muscles have to work extra hard. Common symptoms include:
Once your dentist diagnoses you with TMD, they will provide you with a treatment plan to relieve your symptoms and address the causes.
Treatment may include wearing a night mouth guard, relaxation techniques, a referral to a physical therapist and/or medication for pain relief.