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TMJ/TMD may be due to a combination of factors, such as genetics, arthritis or jaw injury.


Some people who have jaw pain also tend to clench or grind their teeth (bruxism). 


In most cases, the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders is temporary and can be relieved with self-managed care or nonsurgical treatments

What is TMD? What treatments are available for Grinding and Clenching?

TMD or Temporomandibular disorders, occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint (or TMJ), and surrounding facial muscles.Grinding and clenching of teeth is a common condition and often leads to tooth wear, stiff jaws, and jaw ache. Both conditions can occur simultaneously or by themselves, and both are due to stress in either the jaw joint or jaw muscles.

What are the symptoms of TMD?

Oral symptoms can include

  • Jaw joint pain

  • Stiff jaw

  • Clicking / grating sounds coming from the joint

  • Limited mouth opening

  • Jaw moving to one side on opening the mouth

  • Grinding and clenching of teeth


Other symptoms can include

  • Pain around the ear

  • Headaches

  • Neck pain

  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)

  • Ear blockages

  • Ear pain on flying

Are there any treatments for this condition?

In some cases, the symptoms of TMJ disorders may go away without treatment. If your symptoms persist, your Dr. Gunitskiy may recommend a variety of treatment options, often more than one to be done at the same time.


Along with other nonsurgical treatments, medication may help relieve the pain associated with TMJ disorders:​


Non-drug therapies for TMJ disorders include:

  • Oral splints or mouth guards (occlusal appliances). Often, people with jaw pain will benefit from wearing a soft or firm device inserted over their teeth, but the reasons why these devices are beneficial are not well-understood.

  • Physical therapy. Along with exercises to stretch and strengthen jaw muscles, treatments might include ultrasound, moist heat and ice.


If you suffer from either TMD and/or grinding or clenching of your teeth,  and would like a free consultation to see if your condition can be improved, please contact Dr. Gunitskiy at Gunitskiy Family Dentistry in London ON

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