When most people think of grinding their teeth, it seems like a problem without a solution. A standard mouthguard can prevent your teeth from wearing down, but it doesn’t really treat the problem. Often, teeth grinding is actually just one symptom of a TMJ disorder, or tempromandibular joint disorder. The tempromandibular joint are the joints of the jaw and can be affected by poor alignment. This makes TMJ (and teeth grinding) an orthodontic complaint, which can be treated and fixed.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
There are multiple signs of TMJ to look out for:
- Chronic headaches
- Face, neck, shoulder, and back pain
- Numbness or tingling of the hands or fingers
- Trouble chewing
- Clicking jaw
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, contact Villanova Dental Studio at (613) 655-9966. Our professional team will work with you to find a solution.
The term “TMJ” actually refers to a group of disorders, and properly understanding your bite is essential for effective treatment. Dr. Amy Barakat uses cutting-edge dental technologies to get a complete picture of your particular problems:
- TENS Unit
- Sometimes the jaw muscles are so tense that it is difficult to evaluate bite problems. The Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation Unit uses electrodes to stimulate the muscles and encourage them to relax.
- K7 Evaluation System
- This system actually combines three technologies: jaw tracking, electromyography and joint sonography. This is the perfect combination to pinpoint the source of your complaint.
If you are tired of the problems caused by your TMJ, we offer a variety of treatments to treat and even solve your complaint. Since so much of TMJ comes from poor bite alignment, typical orthodontics can do wonders, including:
Dr. Barakat will evaluate your individual bite to determine which treatment, or combination of treatments, is best for you.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you are tired of the problems that stem from your teeth grinding or other TMJ symptoms, talk to Dr. Amy Barakat at Villanova Dental Studio about treatment for TMJ. Schedule an appointment at our Stittsville, ON office online or at (613) 655-9966.