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TMJ Treatment in Winnipeg

TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint. It is a joint formed by your skull and jaw bone and involves the muscles needed for chewing. It is also responsible for opening and closing your mouth, allowing the jaw to move smoothly up and down and side to side, and enables you to talk, chew, and yawn. What are the reasons to cause TMJ pain? There is a disc of cartilage to keep your jaw movement smooth. When muscles are irritated, the disc is displaced, or if you have arthritis or another joint disease, the smoothness may be disrupted.

At Dr. D H Bronstein Family Dental, our doctor prides himself in providing reliable care for TMJ treatment in Winnipeg. We are known for delivering the most current and advanced treatment available. Every patient will be treated with utmost care and attention by our staff. Don’t be scared. Your life-changing journey will begin right here, right now.

Symptoms of a TMJ disorder

Patients with a TMJ disorder often experience one or more of the following TMJ related symptoms:

  • Headaches or migraines 
  • Jaw Pain or a tight jaw 
  • Sounds from the jaw joint such as clicking, popping or grating
  • Problems with the jaw such as difficulty opening or
  • closing the jaw
  • Pain while chewing food or difficulty swallowing

Since 40 years we have been striving to redefine the TMJ treatment for Winnipeg customers. We focus mainly on innovation and have always believed in building lifelong relationships with our patients and their families.

Can TMJ disorders be treated?

Yes, there are a few ways to treat TMJ disorders. In some cases, the symptoms of TMJ disorders may go away without treatment and
only need a simple cold or warm compress on the jaw. A gentle massage of the jaw muscles might also help the problem. However, if a TMJ disorder is more severe, your dentist may recommend a treatment plan that includes relaxation techniques and a visit to a chiropractor or a physiotherapist. Medicine for the pain or inflammation may also be prescribed. At Dr. D H Bronstein Family Dental, we suggest
refraining from chewing gum and trying to eat softer foods until the discomfort can be managed by other methods. Our doctor also advices the most appropriate exercises to follow, as well as other lifestyle changes that could ease TMJ disorder symptoms.

Common signs of discomfort are popping, clicking, muscle tenderness, joint tenderness, or being unable to open your jaw as wide as possible. There are three main categories of pain:

  1. Myofascial pain or pain in the muscles that control the jaw and the connecting neck and shouldermuscles.
  2. Internal derangement of the joint, or a dislocated or displaced disc.
  3. A degenerative joint disease, like arthritis, in the jaw joint.

How we treat TMJ disorder

Treatments for TMJ disorder are generally conservative and include ice, splinting with a bite guard, muscle relaxants, ultrasound and massage. In severe cases, where movement of the jaw is limited, surgery to repair or replace the joint may be recommended. Our comprehensive examination allows us to make a diagnosis of TMJ. We then decompress the TMJ with various designs of oral appliances to address the TMJ orthopedic pathology and remove peripheral inflammatory inputs from the body to the central nervous system (the brain). The goal of the treatment is to try to reduce central nervous system sensitization.

Give us a call to learn more about other services and the TMJ treatment we provide for Winnipeg patients.

Dr. D H Bronstein Family Dental

Unit D-2750 Pembina Hwy | Winnipeg, MB R3T 2H8 |204-269-8060| Fax: 204-261-1775

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