TMJ (TMD) Therapy

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The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) connects your upper and lower jaw and is responsible for various jaw movements you perform in a day, including eating and speaking. A Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) is an umbrella term for various issues that can arise with the TMJ. Unfortunately, the symptoms produced by TMD can be varied so each individual may experience different symptoms. As with any medical concern, you should consult with a professional if you feel you have developed or are at risk of developing a TMD.

The symptoms of TMD can result in feelings of chronic fatigue or headaches. Additionally, some patients may experience a noise such as grating or popping from the jaw joint. A common treatment method used for TMD is an oral splint or a mouthguard. These can be provided to you from a oral health professional such as your dentist in Barrie.

At Ferguson Family Dental, we will examine your circumstances and recommend a treatment for your individual case. We will also go over the treatment with you to ensure you have a proper understanding of the options available. Your dentist in Barrie may refer you to a specialized professional for a comprehensive treatment of TMD. These may include physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, cranio-mandibular specialists, or physicians. Every patient is unique, so your course of treatment will depend on your individual situation. The key to recovery is a proper diagnosis, and we will do everything we can to ensure you understand the recommended options. We can also show you additional treatment methods such as muscle relaxation exercises and other techniques to perform at home. However, these are not meant to substitute any treatment plan, but are rather meant to serve as an addition.

A stabilization splint is a device used by professionals such as our Barrie dentist in the treatment of TMD symptoms that produce sensation of tension or migraine headaches. These may be recommended to patients who experience migraines, or tooth wear and jaw muscle pain.

Stabilization splints have the potential to reduce the intensity of jaw clenching while you sleep which can minimize headaches and address the associated side effects. It is important to note that like with any procedure, it is best to consult with a dental professional to determine the best course of action. At Ferguson Family Dental, we will be more than happy to work with you.

If you are considering treatment or diagnosis for a possible issue with your TMJ, then do not hesitate to contact a dental health professional. At Ferguson Family Dental, we welcome both new and returning patients. Contact us today or request an appointment online to speak with us.

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