TMJ/TMD Treatment

Jaw pain can have a number of different causes, but one of the most common issues is temporomandibular joint dysfunction, also known as TMD/TMJ. This small, delicate joint connects your jaw to your skull and is located right underneath your ear. If it becomes damaged or inflamed by clenching, grinding, overuse (such as excessive gum chewing), or heavy impact, this can cause TMD/TMJ. This condition can be extremely painful and interfere with your day-to-day life, so if you suffer from radiating jaw pain, come to Saanich Dental Group for a consultation today!

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

Botox is also an FDA-approved treatment for TMD. It helps lessen the activity of the muscles in the jaw that are responsible for unconscious clenching. In turn, this helps relieve TMD and eliminates the discomfort and pain associated with the condition. If you notice signs of TMD/TMJ, we will work with you to find the cause of your condition and recommend treatment options that are right for you, your lifestyle, and your budget. Call us today for a consultation.

Sports guard

If you have a growing athlete on your hands, then you are likely already investing in a lot of protective sports equipment such as knee and elbow pads. It is vital that you also take the time to invest in some protection for your child’s teeth.

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

If you had a tooth with an infected nerve in the past, you would have probably lost that tooth. However, today, we are able to offer root canal therapy to save your tooth.

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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