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. When muscles are irritated, the disc of cartilage that helps keep your jaw movement smooth is displaced and may disrupt this smoothness. At Bronstein Family Dental, we pride ourselves 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.
Symptoms of a TMJ disorder
Patients with TMJ related symptoms and disorders often experience one or more of the following:
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
You can also experience TMJ if you have arthritis or other joint disease. For over 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 specialists. Medicine for the pain or inflammation may also be prescribed. At 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 dentist also advises 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:
Myofascial pain or pain in the muscles that control the jaw, and the connecting neck and shoulder muscles
Bone change the joint, or dislocated or displaced joint cartilage
A degenerative joint disease, like arthritis, in the jaw joint
A comprehensive examination allows us to diagnose and recommend treatment. Treatments for TMJ disorder can include a removable night guard, muscle relaxants, ultrasound, and massage. In the most severe cases, where movement of the jaw is limited, surgery to repair or replace the joint may be recommended. Our goal with any treatment is to reduce pain and ideally eliminate all symptoms.