TMJ (TMD) Therapy in Barrie, Ontario

If you are suffering from headaches and stiffness in your neck and shoulders, we may be able to help you at Ferguson Family Dental. The root of the problem might be Temporomandibular Joint pain or Temporomandibular Dysfunction. This joint connects your upper and lower jaw, and it helps you chew and speak. This particular dysfunction is still not fully understood by the medical community, but it is usually linked to bruxism and teeth-grinding. Some of the symptoms of can TMD include a whole range of issues. Perhaps the most common is pain in the jaw from tension and grinding. TMD can also cause an inability to open wide or move the lower jaw from side to side comfortably. You may also notice neck and shoulder pain, ear pain and popping and even hearing loss. Ringing in the ears is also associated with TMD, as a result of clenching and night grinding.

These symptoms can often result in chronic fatigue or chronic temporal or occipital headaches. Noise, grating or popping in the jaw joint can also be a symptom of TMD. Treatment of these problems can be accomplished with an oral appliance like a splint or mouth-guard.

At Ferguson Family Dental, we will carefully examine your case to find the ideal solution, ensuring that you understand and agree with the options available. Successful treatment may involve referral to other professionals; Physiotherapy, Chiropractors, Massage Therapy, Cranio-mandibular specialists, or Physicians. Proper diagnosis and careful evaluation are key, and we will do everything we can to find the best way that we can help and the appropriate therapy. We can also show you how to complement treatment with muscle relaxation exercises and strategies to mitigate headaches and pain.

If you suffer from tension or migraine headaches, our dentist may have a way to help reduce the frequency and intensity of your headaches: Stabilization splints. Appropriate for headache sufferers as well as those who may be experiencing tooth wear, jaw muscle pain, or those who simply want to protect their mouth’s surfaces during a time of healing a properly-fitted stabilization splint is smaller and more comfortable than a traditional bite-guard.

Stabilization splints can prevent and/or reduce the intensity of jaw clenching while you sleep, which can minimize headaches and create a variety of other benefits:

•Reduces teeth grinding and abnormal muscle contractions by nearly 70%
•Doesn’t trigger your gag reflex, meaning you’re more likely to wear it and benefit from it!
•Costs less and has fewer side effects than prescription drugs
•Allows you to avoid the need for tooth repair due to jaw clenching and teeth grinding in your sleep

Contact Ferguson Family Dental in Barrie to book your appointment today! We welcome new and returning patients. [removed][removed]