Comprehensive TMJ Treatment in Hamilton
Living with a Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) can often feel like a never-ending cycle of discomfort and frustration. The pain, which originates in the jaw, can radiate through your face, affect your ears, and even lead to headaches or disrupted sleep. Whether it impacts your ability to enjoy a meal, hinders you from speaking comfortably, or simply adds an undercurrent of tension to your day, TMJ is an issue that demands attention.
This is where Olivieri Dental Care in Hamilton steps in. Dr.Olivieri has specific training in diagnosing and treating TMJ disorders with the utmost care. We offer tailored treatments to alleviate your discomfort and substantially improve your well-being. Contact our team today.
How Is TMJ Treated?
TMJ affects your ability to eat, speak, and sleep. We prioritize TMJ care and provide tailored solutions:
Customized mouth guards
Customized mouthguards play an instrumental role in providing relief from TMJ symptoms. Each mouth guard is crafted to perfectly fit the unique structure of your mouth. By supporting proper jaw alignment, they minimize the stress on your temporomandibular joint and relieve muscle ache. This offers you not just relief but also long-term improvement.
Orthodontic solutions go beyond giving you a picture-perfect smile. In cases where misaligned teeth or a problematic bite exacerbates TMJ, orthodontic treatments like braces or aligners can make a significant difference. These adjustments can serve as a cornerstone in your comprehensive TMJ treatment strategy, helping to address the root of the problem.
Sometimes, the positioning of the teeth, or even how the upper and lower jaws are positioned, is the underlying cause of TMJ issues. In these cases, the ultimate/definitive solution is to get the upper and lower teeth into an optimized biting relationship with a specific alignment that is in harmony with the jaw joints and the jaw muscles. This means that some teeth may need minor reshaping, major rebuilding, movement, or even a segment of jaw bone may need to be repositioned. This is not a “one-size-fits-all” solution, as each person has a unique treatment plan needed to get their mouth “optimized.”
Anti-inflammatory drugs or muscle relaxants may be administered to control TMJ symptoms effectively. While medication offers a temporary respite, it can be crucial in making day-to-day activities more bearable. This pharmaceutical approach often works best in conjunction with other treatments, forming a multifaceted plan for managing TMJ effectively.
For severe TMJ conditions that don't respond to other treatments, injections, including corticosteroids, may be advised. Although considered a more invasive solution, injections can offer immediate and potent relief, especially when other methods have failed to produce desired outcomes.
Symptoms of TMJ
Understanding what TMJ feels like is the first step in securing effective treatment. Here are the common symptoms of TMJ:
A constant or intermittent ache that disrupts eating and speaking.
Persistent tension-like headaches, often worse in the morning.
Clicking, popping, or grating sounds when opening or closing your mouth.
Difficulty or discomfort in fully opening or closing the jaw may include locking.
Symptoms can range from earaches to hearing loss or even tinnitus.
If any of these symptoms sound familiar, contact us.
How to Diagnose TMJ
Diagnosing TMJ involves a thorough evaluation, including a comprehensive physical examination and potentially X-rays, MRI scans, and/or appliance therapy. This multi-step diagnostic process ensures that we can pinpoint the exact nature of your condition, thus recommending the most effective treatments tailored to your individual needs.