Bayside Dentistry - Orillia

TMJ Therapy in Orillia

TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint and TMD stands for Temporomandibular Disorder. TMJ and TMD are both often used to describe the conditions affecting the muscles, nerves and joints of the jaw.
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Jaw pain is not normal.

If jaw pain is part of your everyday life, it may seem normal to you. The truth is, jaw pain is far from normal and may be a symptom of a condition called TMD from one or both of your TMJs. Those are the joints of your lower jaw, called TemporoMandibular Joints. When disease or misalignment occurs, the TMJ and surrounding area becomes inflamed — which is what causes pain and other symptoms.

    What are the signs of TMJ disorder (TMD)?
  • Headaches
  • Earaches, tenderness around the ear
  • Face or jaw pain and tenderness
  • Muscle pain in your neck, shoulders and upper back
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Clicking, popping, or grinding jaw
  • Difficulty chewing, yawning or opening your mouth

How do we diagnose and treat TMJ disorder?

Diagnosis

Treatment of TMD begins with a comprehensive clinical examination, to check your face, jaw, bite, joints, and teeth. During your appointment, we will check for pain and tenderness and listen for clicking or popping when you open and close your mouth, swallow, or chew. If the disorder is diagnosed, a bite splint or night guard is often recommended as the initial treatment.

Treatment and Relief

Our treatment application involves bite splints, which are custom-created plastic mouthpieces, designed to fit over your upper and/or lower teeth. These type of devices prevent the grinding and clenching that often causes or worsens TMD. The splint also realigns the jaw, removing stress on the surrounding area.

Alternative Treatment Options

If a misaligned bite or missing teeth are the cause of your symptoms, we may recommend orthodontics or restorative dental work. If your bite is placing undue pressure on the TMJ’s, we may suggest reshaping individual teeth to redistribute the bite force evenly.

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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.

Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint. If this joint becomes misaligned or inflamed we refer to that as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMD for short.
Signs or symptoms of TMD include pain and tenderness in or around the ear, the jaw joint, or the muscles of the jaw, face or temples. Other symptoms are problems opening or closing your mouth, and a clicking, popping, crunching or grinding noise when you chew, yawn or open your mouth. TMDs may be linked with neck pain and headaches.
TMD is caused by a combination of factors like jaw injuries and joint disease, such as arthritis. It’s believed that bruxism (tooth clenching or grinding) and head or neck muscle tension may make TMD symptoms worse. Stress is also a possible factor. However, it is not clear if stress causes TMD or is a result. Other things that may lead to TMDs are partial or full dentures that are not the right fit and certain habits such as fingernail biting and pen or pencil biting. As you can see, there are an array of different causes which makes TMD hard to diagnose. The best way to understand your jaw pain symptoms are to book an appointment.
There are many possible causes of headaches. No doctor will be able to determine the cause of your headache without a physical examination.
Most often, TMJ pain can be treated effectively with non-invasive treatments and therapies. In very rare circumstances, TMD may require surgery. Your health and happiness are both important to us. We will always present you with all of your options, work through the safest and easiest options first, and give you the final decision on what happens next.

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Derek Galloway
4 weeks ago
The dentist was very polite and kind. Made my son's experience more comfortable.
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The team at Bayside dentistry is absolutely amazing. They are friendly and always make you welcome with a smile. Crystal & Allison are great at taking care of scheduling and co-ordinating payments with your insurer. Jess is a very kind and gentle hygienist. She is an absolute pleasure to deal with. Thank you.
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Mary Sexton
1 month ago
I always enjoy visiting with my dental hygienist Samantha she’s so lovely. She always remembers our last conversations details of my life. She’s very thorough with her work making sure every last bit of plaque is removed from my teeth. Always offering helpful hints and suggestions relating to latest options or techniques. She’s very knowledgeable. The girls are also very friendly and helpful at the front desk. I highly recommend this place and always look forward to my visits.
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cindy burnett
2 months ago
Highly recommend! I have lots of anxiety about going to the dentist. They made me feel comfortable, the staff is friendly and professional and I know I am in good hands. Corinne was my hygienist, she did an awesome job at cleaning my teeth and giving me educational tips and information.
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Natalie Sicilia
3 months ago
Despite my circumstances and anxiety about being there, I had 2 great ladies with me. Personable, always on point to ensure I wasn’t feeling pain and followed-up with a hygienist who was just as thoughtful before I left from my last visit. There is no doubt for me that I will be going back and will likely bring some family members into this great group of women who DO care and I’m grateful to have met a few so far, even got a check-up call this morning. Know any dentist office is not a favoured go to for so many, but I felt like I was in a fireside chat environment for the limited time I was in the waiting rooms and that was because I was early each time
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Derek Galloway
4 weeks ago
The dentist was very polite and kind. Made my son's experience more comfortable.
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The team at Bayside dentistry is absolutely amazing. They are friendly and always make you welcome with a smile. Crystal & Allison are great at taking care of scheduling and co-ordinating payments with your insurer. Jess is a very kind and gentle hygienist. She is an absolute pleasure to deal with. Thank you.
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Mary Sexton
1 month ago
I always enjoy visiting with my dental hygienist Samantha she’s so lovely. She always remembers our last conversations details of my life. She’s very thorough with her work making sure every last bit of plaque is removed from my teeth. Always offering helpful hints and suggestions relating to latest options or techniques. She’s very knowledgeable. The girls are also very friendly and helpful at the front desk. I highly recommend this place and always look forward to my visits.
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cindy burnett
2 months ago
Highly recommend! I have lots of anxiety about going to the dentist. They made me feel comfortable, the staff is friendly and professional and I know I am in good hands. Corinne was my hygienist, she did an awesome job at cleaning my teeth and giving me educational tips and information.
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Natalie Sicilia
3 months ago
Despite my circumstances and anxiety about being there, I had 2 great ladies with me. Personable, always on point to ensure I wasn’t feeling pain and followed-up with a hygienist who was just as thoughtful before I left from my last visit. There is no doubt for me that I will be going back and will likely bring some family members into this great group of women who DO care and I’m grateful to have met a few so far, even got a check-up call this morning. Know any dentist office is not a favoured go to for so many, but I felt like I was in a fireside chat environment for the limited time I was in the waiting rooms and that was because I was early each time
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