TMD Treatment Options
Some cases of TMD can be resolved with simple lifestyle changes. If your TMD/TMJ is caused by jaw overuse, avoiding chewing gum excessively may be enough to solve the issue. However, most cases of TMD will require some kind of corrective treatment, such as a night guard, medication or Botox.
Night Guards for TMD/TMJ
If we determine that your condition is caused by nighttime clenching and grinding, we will prescribe a night guard to relieve the pain caused by your TMD/TMJ. Teeth grinding (bruxism) puts pressure and strain on your jaw, which can cause damage to the TMJ. Night guards keep your jaw in a healthy position as you sleep and prevent tooth-to-tooth grinding, which will help relieve bruxism-induced TMD. Night guards also prevent premature enamel erosion and ensure that both your jaw and your teeth remain healthy and free of any serious complications.
Botox for TMD/TMJ
At Saanich Dental Group, we custom make sports guards to protect the teeth by covering the upper teeth, and lessens the impact on the teeth, lips, cheeks, jaws, and tongue when accidents occur. Sports guards are recommended and will help prevent the need for tooth replacement due to traumatic injuries.
Root canal therapy
Your teeth are hollow, and the nerves and roots of your teeth are contained in the pulp. When your tooth has a deep cavity or is cracked, bacteria can enter the pulp. You will typically know there is a problem due to the pain you experience including sensitivity to hot and cold foods or pressure. As it becomes infected, it can cause swelling and pain. The infected nerve can either be removed by a root canal or through an extraction.
The root canal treatment typically requires one visit and sometimes two depending on the tooth. Usually, it’s recommended to place a dental crown afterwards to protect your tooth. As long as you are taking good care of your teeth by brushing, flossing, and regular checkups, your restored tooth can last for many years.
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