Devices for Temporomandibular Joint Disorders in Kitchener
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint responsible for attaching the lower (mandibular) jaw to the skull. This joint is critical for any activity that involves opening or closing the mouth, including eating, speaking, and yawning. When the TMJ is prevented from moving smoothly, it usually indicates a disorder (TMD). The effects of TMD can be prevented with dental devices designed to separate the teeth.
What is TMD & How Can it Be Prevented?
Temporomandibular disorders can result from a variety of factors, such as genetics,There are many ways to prevent and reduce the effects of TMD, including:
- Avoiding clenching the teeth during the day by placing the tongue between the teeth
- Avoiding resting your chin on your hand
- Using over the counter pain medication for symptoms
- Practicing relaxation techniques
More serious interventions are also available from your doctor or dentist. Our dental clinic in Kitchener offers custom splints and night guards for patients with TMD. If you choose to treat TMD with oral devices, we will fit you for a device and give you instructions about how and when to use them for the best possible outcomes. In more advanced cases, we may recommend surgical intervention from a qualified specialist.
Get Help with Jaw and Face Pain
If you have symptoms of TMD, such as clicking or popping in your jaw, or pain in the jaw, teeth, ears, or face, ask your dentist about potential causes and your treatment options. We can provide patients with TMD with dental devices or look at other restorative options that could balance the alignment of the teeth and jaw, resulting in better positioning for the TMJ.