TMJ (TMD) Therapy

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Your Office for TMJ Treatment in Strathcona, Edmonton

Whether you've been dealing with TMD symptoms for years or recently began experiencing them, it's crucial you receive treatment that gives you the pain relief you deserve. At North Whyte Dental, our dental team has the skills and experience to effectively diagnose and treat even the most severe cases of TMD.

From addressing your symptoms with splints or BOTOX®, we offer personalized treatment options to suit your needs. Dr. Jeff Jess and his staff look forward to meeting you and helping you take the first step toward a comfortable and pain-free life. Call or visit our office today to schedule your next appointment and get the Edmonton TMJ treatment you need!


Do I Need TMJ Treatment?

Your temporomandibular joint is a special type of hinge joint that connects your jaws to your skull's temporal bones. The joint's actions allow you to move the movements needed to talk, chew, and yawn. Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder or TMD, also referred to as TMJ, is a disorder marked by pain and discomfort in your jaw points. One of the most challenging aspects of TMD is how difficult it can be to diagnose.

Our dental team is here to provide you with an accurate diagnosis, and if you experience one or multiple symptoms, we recommend that you visit our office. Some of the most common symptoms of TMD include:

  • Frequent headaches: TMD often manifests itself as severe and chronic headaches that typically occur in the morning.
  • Popping or clicking jaws: If you hear a popping or clicking sound when you open or close your mouth, it may be a sign that the disc inside your jaw joints has shifted out of position.
  • Worn or broken teeth: When your jaw muscles and teeth aren't in harmony, it can place uneven pressure on your teeth that can wear them out or break them altogether.

Our Efficient TMD Therapy Process

When you visit our practice for the first time, Dr. Jess will begin by conducting an extensive exam to determine if you're suffering from TMD. By using diagnostic techniques as well as asking you questions, Dr. Jess can get a better sense of your TMD's presence and its overall severity.

Once our general dentist has the information he needs, he'll explain which TMJ treatment option he thinks will be right for you. For more severe symptoms, we may use a combination of treatment options to address them. Our TMJ treatment options include, but are not limited to:

  • Oral Appliances & Splints: Our office is proud to offer custom-made oral appliances and bite splints, which are plastic devices that fit over your upper and lower teeth. They're designed to control how your teeth make contact and reposition your jaws to interact more comfortably and naturally. Over time, your jaws will begin to rest in the new positions, which helps relieve stress on your jaw joints and alleviates muscle tension.
  • BOTOX: One of the most popular and safe applications for BOTOX is treating TMD pain and discomfort. Applying BOTOX to your strained facial muscles can relieve tension caused by teeth grinding or other forms of stress. We'll administer injections in your facial muscles, jaws, forehead, and temples to help address your pain.

TMJ (TMD) Therapy FAQs

At North Whyte Dental, we understand how confusing TMD can be. That's why our dental team is here to answer your questions and give you the clarity you need to make confident decisions. Some of the most frequently asked questions about our TMJ treatment include:

Will TMD go away without treatment?
Although minor cases of TMD may go away without treatment, moderate to severe cases require treatment from a dental professional. Dr. Jess and his team will work closely with you to determine what options are right for your TMD.

How long will I have to wear my oral appliance?
Although every patient is different, oral appliances shouldn't be worn for more than six months. We recommend wearing your appliance only at night as overwearing it can prove harmful. Our team will provide you with detailed instructions on how long you need to wear it.

What causes TMD?
Professionals around the world debate the exact cause of TMD. However, some of the most common causes include:

  • Jaw trauma
  • Braces
  • Stress
  • Teeth grinding
  • Disease
  • Jaw inflammation
  • Muscle overuse

Edmonton TMJ Treatment for You

At North Whyte Dental, we know how much TMD can negatively impact your quality of life. That's why we leverage our experience and skills to offer our patients quality TMJ treatment, ranging from oral appliances to BOTOX injections. You can rest assured Dr. Jeff Jess and his team will work to determine the source of your TMD and give you pain relief to live your life to the fullest. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment!



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