At Delisle Dental Group, our downtown Toronto dentists can help diagnose and treat jaw pain, ringing in the ears and headaches caused by TMJ Disorder.
Your TMJs (Temporomandibular Joints) are the hinge joints that connect your jaw bone to the temporal bones of your skull. Located on either side of your head right in front of your ears, they let you move your jaw up and down and side to side so you can talk and chew.
TMJ Disorder (or TMD) occurs when there are is a problem with one of both of your temporomandibular joints and/or the muscles that support them.
TMD may cause symptoms like jaw pain, headaches and ringing in the ears. If left untreated, it can lead to chronic pain, bone loss, gum tissue changes and loose teeth.
Most often caused by misalignment of the teeth and/or jaw, other factors that may contribute to the disorder include skull shape, genetics, airway issues and injury or trauma to the jaw.
TMJ Disorder can cause a variety of painful symptoms because your compromised jaw muscles have to work extra hard. Common symptoms include:
If you are experiencing any symptoms, contact us for a proper diagnosis from a dentist.
At Delisle Dental Group, our dentist Dr. Cioffi can test for, diagnose and treat TMJ Disorder. Treatment for TMJ comes in many forms and varies depending on the patient's unique needs.
Depending on your case, your TMJ treatment may include wearing a mouth guard during sleep to prevent clenching and grinding. It may also include relaxation techniques, physical therapy, or an electrical stimulus device to encourage the facial muscles to relax.
Dr. Cioffi may also use splints, behavioural therapy, manual therapy, and pharmacological treatment to help treat or manage your TMJ.
Finally, some people may need orthodontic treatment to correct underlying misalignment issues. Dr. Cioffi will work with you to create a treatment plan based on your specific needs.