Struggling With Pain While You Chew & Speak?
If you struggle with pain, discomfort, or even hear a “clicking” sound whenever you move your jaw, you might be struggling with TMJ (temporomandibular joint) dysfunction. This uncomfortable condition affects the joints that help control your jaw movement and could affect your quality of life over time.
What Is TMJ Dysfunction?
TMJ dysfunction, also known as TMD, is an issue that affects your temporomandibular joints. These joints connect your lower jaw to your upper jaw and support the movement you use to speak, chew, swallow, and yawn. As such, they’re considered one of the most complex joints in the body.
TMJ dysfunction can develop for various reasons like arthritis, jaw clenching, and jaw injuries. Still, it can cause several symptoms like pain around the ears and temple, clicking sounds when you speak or chew, neck pain, or even headaches.
Strategies for Managing TMJ Dysfunction
There are several ways our team can help manage your TMJ symptoms, but it ultimately depends on how severe the symptoms are and what may be causing them. In some cases, we may recommend pain medication, but we may also recommend in-office procedures.
The first step, though, is coming in for an exam. We’ll look at how your jaw moves, examine your health history and determine a personalized plan suited to your needs and lifestyle.
If you only have mild TMJ dysfunction symptoms, we could recommend some lifestyle changes to help manage or even alleviate your discomfort. These changes can include:
- Chewing smaller bites of food
- Eating softer foods
- Performing jaw exercises and stretches
Pain medications and anti-inflammatories can also help manage discomfort caused by TMJ dysfunction.
Depending on your symptoms, we can recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications. Still, we’ll need to examine your jaw before making any final decisions.
We can recommend several in-office procedures if you’re struggling with TMJ dysfunction. We may be able to offer some at our practice, but we could refer you to a specialist in case you need to have jaw surgery.
If your TMJ symptoms are related to orthodontic problems, we could recommend a functional appliance to manage your discomfort and provide long-lasting relief.
A “splint” refers to a mouthguard, bite plate, or other device we create to help your jaw muscles relax and prevent your teeth from grinding. Splint therapy can help us manage discomfort, and may be a stepping stone toward other treatments to help you overcome TMJ.
In some cases, we may refer you to a Head and Neck Physiotherapist to receive specialized assistance. We work closely with your physiotherapist to support our treatment recommendations and come to a solution that works for you.
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Find us on Carling Avenue across the corner from Carlingwood Mall. For your convenience, we offer free parking and easy access to transportation.
- 2194 Carling Avenue, Unit 1
- Ottawa, ON K2A 1H3
- Phone: 613.829.6868
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- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed