Maple Leaf Dentistry

Peterborough TMJ Specialist

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The jaw joint is located right in front of the ear. For many individuals, this junction may pop or click while closing or opening wide the mouth but doesn't trigger any discomfort. Nevertheless, this might be a significant origin of chronic headaches and acute distress.

Throughout an evaluation the jaw joint can be analyzed using a Doppler ultrasound that allows us to look for any internal problem. More info can be accumulated to search for the basis of discomfort by examining for nerve impingement behind the ear and by pulsating the facial muscles.

Most of the common causes of jaw joint pain consists of injury or trauma to the jaw, unevenness in the bite, congenital or hereditary problems, existing health conditions, posterior tooth loss, or clenching or grinding conditions.

Jaw joint ailments are typically difficult to treat, based on the source and severity of the pain. The most common source of distress are the muscles in the face, the teeth, or from irritation around the jaw joint area itself.

There are several different treatment methods that range from a precise routine of prescription medicines, physiotherapy, or acupuncture, if the situations are linked to teeth or muscle, a splint will often be made. The splint is commonly referred to as a Bruxism splint, biting appliance, or mouth guard. Its main purpose is to reduce the the strain on the teeth triggered once they grind against each other or when they are tightly clenched together. The reduction in tension enables the face muscles to unwind and will place far less tension on the jaw joint.

The time that it requires to treat this particular disorder will vary greatly with the individual and the severity of the condition. Occasionally, the issues can be easily fixed yet there are incidences when the individual will need numerous years to solve the issue.

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Peterborough Dentists

Dr. Cam Crawford, along with his friendly and professional team of hygienists and office support staff are excited to meet with you and your family. Regardless of whether you need a regular cleaning, dental check-up, whitening, crown, fillings or a bridge, Dr. Crawford and his team can offer you the modern dental services you require.

Maple Leaf Dentistry

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Office Address:
291 Reid Street
Peterborough, Ontario
K9J 3R2