TMJ TreatmentAn Overview
Orthodontics can be used to address dental problems associated with a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), commonly called TMJ. Ottawa ON dentist, Dr. Ami Barakat, has advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ related disorders. He and his dedicated dental team help patients regain a bite that is comfortable, healthy and stable. Dr. Barakat is a neuromuscular dentist. This discipline specializes in the correction of jaw misalignment at the temporomandibular joint, which produces a balanced bite. He offers a range of treatment options for patients with a TMD. Our solutions for TMJ and TMD include comprehensive orthodontics, Myobrace, Invisalign, oral appliances, and traditional braces. Depending on your situation, you may be recommended a single treatment, or a combination of treatments.
TMJ Disorder in Children
Early evaluation in children at around the age of 7 is important. If your child has myofunctional habits such as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting, they require early evaluation. Without early intervention, these habits can detrimentally effect the development of their bite. Left untreated, these can lead to TMJ disorders that may require more extensive restorative dentistry later down the road. 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.