TMJ TreatmentAn Overview
Orthodontics can be used to address dental problems associated with a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), commonly called TMJ. Ottawa dentist Dr. Ami Barakat has advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ related disorders to help patients regain a bite that is comfortable, healthy and stable. As a neuromuscular dentist, Dr. Barakat offers a range of treatment options for patients with a TMD, including comprehensive orthodontics.
Early evaluation in children at around the age of 7 is important, especially if they have myofunctional habits that can detrimentally effect the development of the bite, such as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting. Left untreated, these can lead to TMJ disorders that may require more extensive restorative dentistry later. Identifying possible jaw development issues during a child’s growth phase can also allow for early orthodontic intervention to head off possible TMJ disorders.
Setting the stage for healthy jaw alignment and tooth development will have a lasting positive impact on your long term oral health and overall health and well being.