TMJ/TMD Therapy in Downtown Vancouver

TMJ/TMD Therapy Near You

One of the most essential and often overlooked parts of maintaining optimal oral health and overall wellbeing is the proper function and alignment of your jaw joints. When these joints become misaligned, it leads to a condition referred to as TMJ or TMJ, which causes undesirable symptoms such as neck pain, headaches, jaw tension, earaches, vertigo, and more. At Smilestone Dental, we are happy to provide TMJ/TMD treatment in Downtown Vancouver to help alleviate our patient’s painful symptoms.

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What is the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)?

Your temporomandibular joint connects your lower jaw to your skull. It is also connected to many of the muscles and nerves in your face. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) occurs when your TMJ becomes misaligned, causing severe, persistent pain. Since TMD can cause pain in many areas, it can be difficult to diagnose accurately. The easiest way to determine if you require TMD treatment near you is to visit Smilestone Dental for a thorough examination of your teeth, neck, mouth, and jaw.

What Are the Symptoms of TMD?

If you have been experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should get evaluated for TMD:

  • Body pain: aching in your shoulders, neck, and back
  • Facial pain: muscle fatigue and aching
  • Ear problems: challenges hearing, ringing in the ears, and a feeling of fullness in the ear
  • Jaw pain: lockjaw, stiffness, aching, and clicking, popping or grinding sounds when speaking or chewing
  • Headaches: including migraines and dizziness

Many of these symptoms can also be present with other health problems, so it is important to identify TMD as the source of your discomfort before seeking treatment.

How is TMD Treated?

At Smilestone Dental, we provide TMD devices to help eliminate pressure from your jaw muscles, protect your teeth, and alleviate painful symptoms. When you visit our dentist, they will provide you with different treatment options depending on the severity of your TMD. Some of these treatment options include:

  • TMJ/TMD splints- these are custom-designed devices that are worn to prevent grinding and clenching during sleep. These provide a barrier between your upper and lower teeth and keep them from damaging each other.
  • Orthodontics- if you have a misaligned bite leading to undue jaw pressure, our dentist may recommend a long-term alignment solution such as braces or Invisalign.
  • At-home treatment- if you have a mild form of TMD, then our dentist will provide you with a list of things you can do on your own to alleviate your symptoms, such as sticking to a soft-food diet and maintaining excellent posture.

Interested in TMJ/TMD Treatment Near You?

Our team at Smilestone Dental is happy to offer patients TMJ/TMD treatment in Downtown Vancouver to alleviate the painful symptoms caused by TMD and protect their oral health. Please don’t hesitate to contact us and book a consultation today.