You Won’t Find a One-Size-Fits-All Approach Here
Do you have pain in your jaw? Are you having trouble chewing, biting, speaking and yawning? Are your jaw issues causing headaches and neck aches? If so, you could be suffering from a temporomandibular disorder (TMD). The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is complex, and problems with the joint can be just as complex to diagnose and treat. At Nest, we believe in a multidisciplinary approach that addresses all angles of your jaw pain and TMJ dysfunction. Dr. Sonia Sahi will create an individualized treatment plan that starts with conservative options in order to help you get real relief.
Why should you visit Nest for your Vancouver TMJ/TMD treatment?
- Experience in diagnosing and treating TMJ dysfunction and orofacial pain
- A range of non-surgical treatment options, including BOTOX® and custom oral appliances
- A beautiful, relaxing office
- Dental tech for an accurate diagnosis and treatment
- The highest level of sterilization and sanitation
- A knowledgeable, compassionate dentist and team
- Amenities for maximum comfort from noise-cancelling headphones to a TV in your suite
- Transparent pricing, flexible financing and most insurances accepted
Benefits of TMJ/TMD Treatment
Gets Rid of Acute Pain
TMD can really hurt! But with tailored treatment, we’ll be able to eliminate acute TMJ pain and get your symptoms under control.
By helping you move your jaw freely without discomfort, treatment can get you back to chewing, speaking, laughing and yawning with ease.
We’ll address the underlying cause of your TMJ dysfunction and work with you to create a plan for long-term relief.
What is TMJ/TMD?
You have a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) on either side of your face that connects the jaw to the temporal bone of the skull. The ball-and-socket joint also contains a disc in between that serves as a cushion. Your TMJs are part of a larger, related system that includes your jaw and facial muscles as well.
While people sometimes refer to problems with the joint as TMJ, TMJ is actually an acronym for the temporomandibular joint itself. Issues with the TMJ are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD) or a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD). Yup, we know, it’s a whole lot of acronyms.
The source of TMJD can be the TMJ, the disc or the muscles. This is why it’s important to determine the underlying cause of TMJ pain and dysfunction before deciding on the best TMD treatment plan.
What are the symptoms of TMD?
The signs and symptoms of TMD include:
- Pain and tenderness in the jaw
- Pain in and around the ear
- Popping or clicking noises when you open and close your jaw (treatment usually isn’t needed for popping or clicking noises on their own, but when the sounds occur along with pain, it’s indicative of TMD)
- Difficulty opening and closing the jaw all of the way
- The jaw getting “locked” in an open or closed position
- Headaches and neck aches
- Facial pain, including tenderness in the temples or cheeks
What causes TMJ dysfunction?
The causes of TMD can be related to injury or degenerative changes, such as arthritis in the joint, disc problems, inflammation and/or strained muscles, tendons or ligaments. In some cases, it can also be stress-related, especially if stress is causing you to clench or grind your teeth. Other risk factors for TMD include chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia, your sex (women are more likely to develop TMJ pain) and your age.
What are my TMD treatment options?
At Nest, our team believes in a conservative approach to TMJ/TMD treatment. We generally recommend trying non-invasive treatments before opting for anything that’s not reversible. The exact plan will depend on the cause of your TMJ pain and dysfunction, the severity of your condition and your unique needs.
Options could include:
- Homecare (e.g., ice and/or moist heat, temporarily sticking to a soft foods diet, gentle stretching exercises, avoiding chewing gum, etc.)
- Medication, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications or muscle relaxants
- A custom oral appliance like a nightguard or TMJ splint. A nightguard is ideal if your TMJ pain is caused by clenching and grinding your teeth. A TMJ splint helps to take the stress off of the joint to allow it to heal.
- BOTOX® injections to relax the jaw muscles and ease jaw tension (we can also use Botox to help with TMD-related headaches)
If conservative measures don’t work, in severe cases, other treatments could be recommended, such as:
- Minor procedures, including cortisone injections or lavage (flushing the joint)
- Dental restorations like bridges or crowns
- Invisalign® treatment to align the bite
- Rarely, TMJ surgery
A Modern Take on Oral Health
Get expert dental care for the whole family in one convenient Vancouver location. With a gorgeous space, thoughtful service and a range of tech, Nest is creating a new kind of dental experience.