CONTACT: Dr. Rick Anil Soordhar
TEL: (905) 876-2747
FAX: (905) 876-2749
MILTON, ON – Painful temporomandibular joint (TMJ) symptoms can become a chronic struggle for men, women and children across the Greater Toronto Area. TMJ disorder can have a variety of root causes, OASIS DENTAL MILTON would remind patients across the GTA that while a number of ongoing issues are symptomatic of this aggravating ailment, several entirely separate conditions have long been recognized by the same initial issues.
TMJ disorder frequently begins with one or more of several individual events or ongoing problems. Obviously, direct injuries directly to the TMJ can severely impair the way the joint’s ball and socket and surrounding muscles function. The same goes for any trauma to the muscles of the head and neck in general, especially heavy blows, motor vehicle accidentss and whiplash.
On the contrary, it can just as often stem from several accompanying chronic issues. Disc or soft cushion movement within the TMJ ball and socket can easily set off TMJ disorder’s signature pain and tenderness, stiffness, clicking, popping, locking, and swelling. Frequent stress-induced tightening of the jaw and facial muscles or clenching and grinding teeth often give way to the joint disorder’s accompanying facial muscle fatigue. All of the above, along with difficulty opening the mouth wide or closing it and chewing normally, can also arise from TMJ disc being dislocated or arthritis being present in the TMJ.
Symptoms may seemingly point toward TMJ disorder, but they can just as plausibly identify any of a variety of other dental or medical conditions instead. Patients may be experiencing the onset of severe gum disease, tooth decay, or even sinus problems. Making a diagnosis more potentially uncertain, full-blown TMJ disorder itself has been known to accompany several seemingly unrelated ailments requiring treatment beyond what your dentist can provide such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and chronic sleep disturbances.
TMJ disorder symptoms can vary by degrees from moderate discomfort to severe, lasting pain. There’s no saying with any certainty how long TMJ pain may persist, either. Some cases’ symptoms fade within days or weeks of onset. In other instances, chronic pain, discomfort and impaired jaw functionality may endure for months or years on end.
Full facial X-rays can illuminate whether pain stems from TMJ disorder or another root cause. An additional MRI or CT scan may shed further light on an improperly positioned TMJ disc and better define treatment options before joint damage can worsen.
Treatment recommendations vary according to each case’s severity and individual presentation of symptoms. routines of general stretching, routinely worn therapeutic appliances and diets limited to softer foods frequently treat milder TMJ symptoms with consistent success, along with several stress-reduction techniques. Noninvasive ultrasonic, nerve stimulation, trigger-point injection and low-level laser treatments can all help moderate TMJ sufferers avoid surgery when pain persists through milder home remedies.
An accurate diagnosis and successful treatment may entail a process of several appointments. The sooner a dentist can be consulted after the onset of symptoms, the greater the likelihood of successfully reducing or alleviating both the symptoms and the disorder itself before damage to the TMJ can worsen. If you experience any of these chronic ailments individually or in combination, contact a trusted dentist for an examination as soon as possible:
– PAIN OR TENDERNESS IN THE FACE, TMJ, NECK AND SHOULDERS AND IN OR AROUND THE EAR WHEN CHEWING, SPEAKING, OR WIDELY OPENING THE MOUTH
– DIFFICULTY OPENING THE MOUTH WIDE
– JAWS ROUTINELY STICKING OR LOCKING IN OPEN OR CLOSED POSITIONS
– CLICKING, POPPING OR GRATING SOUNDS THAT ACCOMPANY OPENING OR CLOSING YOUR MOUTH OR CHEWING (WITH OR WITHOUT PAIN)
– FATIGUED FACIAL MUSCLES
– DIFFICULTY CHEWING OR A SUDDENLY UNCOMFORTABLE GENERAL BITE
– SWELLING ON ONE SIDE OF YOUR FACE
– FREQUENT TOOTH, EAR, HEAD, UPPER SHOULDER OR NECK ACHES, POSSIBLY ACCOMPANIED BY DIZZINESS AND/OR HEARING ISSUES
– RINGING IN THE EARS (TINNITUS)
For more information about TMD causes, symptoms and treatment options, contact Oasis Dental Milton today to schedule an informative consultation.
Dr. Anil Rick Soordhar has completed a residency program in TMD and Craniofacial pain through the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. He has obtained his:
– Diplomate status with the American Board of Craniofacial Pain (only 9 dentist in Canada)
– Distinguished Fellow status with the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (only 18 dentist in Canada)
– Fellowship with the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (only 25 dentist in Canada)
Dr. Sunil Vick Soordhar has completed a residency program in TMD and Craniofacial pain through the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. He has obtained his:
– Fellowship with the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (only 25 dentist in Canada),