TMJ (TMD) Therapy in Halifax, Nova Scotia

TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is a condition that impacts many Canadians at various ages. TMJ causes uncomfortable and painful symptoms when the TMJ joint connecting your upper and lower jaw becomes injured or impaired. The TMJ joint is extremely important for jaw movements and is what gives you the ability to perform daily actions, such as opening your mouth and moving it from side to side. When the TMJ joint develops problems it can create uncomfortable symptoms such as popping or clicking sounds in your jaw area. The cause of TMJ is still unknown, however, doctors speculate that injury, stress, and genetics may have a role to play.

TMJ can impact people in different ways. One person may have completely different symptoms from another person. Thus, if you are having problems with your jaw area, it’s best to visit your dentist for an examination. Your dentist will examine your oral tissues and go over your symptoms and dental and medical history to determine if you have TMJ.

TMJ symptoms can include:

  1. Pain in your jaw joint and muscles
  2. Getting a stuck jaw from time to time
  3. Difficulty moving your lower jaw in different positions, such as up and down and side to side
  4. Frequent headaches
  5. Discomfort chewing and yawning
  6. Pain in your ear or ringing

Depending on your case and symptoms, your dentist will craft an appropriate treatment plan that is suitable for your needs. Your treatment plan will vary depending on the exact cause of your TMJ and the specific symptoms it is causing. Just some of the recommend treatments that your dentist may recommend include:

  1. Applying moist heat to relax the tense jaw muscles
  2. Taking pain relievers to relieve the pain
  3. Wearing an oral appliance, such as a stabilization splint, while sleeping to protect against teeth grinding and clenching
  4. Relaxing and stretching exercises to stretch out tight jaw muscles
  5. Surgery if the other methods haven’t worked

Dr. Daniel Tam, TMJ dentist in Halifax, is committed to helping you relieve your TMJ pain. Contact our practice to set up an appointment and end your suffering once and for all!