TMJ Disorder Treatment in St. John’s, NL

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the point at which your lower jaw connects with the base of the skull. If you experience pain, stiffness, or clicking sounds from the joint, you may be suffering from TMJ disorder. At EPIC Dental Specialist, Dr. Chedella and his team offer comprehensive TMJ disorder treatment in St. John’s, NL. Our goal is to ease joint pain and restore proper jaw functions so you can bite and chew more comfortably.

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    TMJ Disorder Treatment

    What Is TMJ Disorder and How Is It Caused

    TMJ disorder, or TMD, is an umbrella term for various conditions that affect the structure and functioning of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This hinge joint has a disc that allows the smooth movement of the joint, making it easier to open and close your mouth or move your jaw from side to side.

    TMD occurs when the natural functioning of the joint is altered or restricted due to different reasons. Some common causes of TMD include:

    • Oral trauma or injury
    • Bruxism (clenching or grinding teeth)
    • Abnormal teeth alignment
    • Jaw fractures
    • Poor posture habits
    • Disc damage
    • Arthritis

    Our St. John’s, NL, practice offers routine evaluation and TMJ disorder treatment to prevent the risk of severe joint damage.

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    Symptoms of TMD

    The symptoms of TMD vary among different people and may have different intensities. You should consult our dental specialists for TMJ disorder treatment in St. John’s, NL, if you experience the following symptoms:

    • Pain in one or both of the jaw joints
    • Clicking or popping sounds from the joint
    • Dull pain around your ear
    • Ringing in the ears
    • Frequent headaches
    • Pain in the facial muscles
    • Difficulty in opening or closing the jaw
    • Difficulty in chewing food
    • Changes in natural bite

    If few or more of these symptoms are present, chances are that you have TMD. Our prosthodontist will evaluate the joints and assess their functioning to achieve a proper diagnosis.

    Real People, Real Reviews!

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    I can't say enough great things about Dr. Chedella and his staff. You are certainly made to feel welcome and at ease from the moment you walk through the door. Dr. Chedella is incredibly thorough, knowledgeable, and most of all kind. I would 100 percent recommend!!!

    ~ Jennifer Murrin

    The team at EPIC Dental did a great job on my 4 crowns and 1 implant. They were always pleasant, helpful, and professional. Dr. Chidella has a great personality and great skill in making your new teeth fit like a glove. You can't go wrong by going to EPIC Dental for your prosthodontic needs.

    ~ Don Deibel

    From the moment that I first met Dr. Chedella at his dentist chair, I knew I was in good hands. I had implants started in another country but not finished due to the pandemic. Dr. Chedella did a perfect job in completing the procedure. After waiting 20 months in limbo, I can't thank you enough Dr. Chedella.

    ~ Ken Wong

    Nice friendly staff. The doctor gave practical, easy advice on every day changes I could make to help my TMJ problem - and it worked! One of the few specialists I’ve seen in years who I didn’t feel was trying to push an expensive device or unnecessary procedure on me - it was refreshing.

    ~ C Payne

    Dr.Chedella and staff have been and continue to be the best of the best! It was a long Journey but Dr. Chedella is by my side through it all! I am so very pleased with the end result, the personal attention and attention to detail are top notch...

    ~ Sandra Brennan

    Specialized TMJ Disorder Treatment in St. John’s, NL

    After determining the severity of your condition, our dental team will create a personalized plan to improve the functioning of your TMJ. The treatment plan may include one or more measures, depending on your condition.

    • Pharmacotherapy
      TMJ disorder can cause pain or severe discomfort that may disturb your routine activities. For this reason, our dental specialists will prescribe medications to alleviate pain, reduce swelling, and improve joint functioning. Common medications for TMD include NSAIDs, corticosteroids, muscle relaxants, and anxiolytics. Some cases may also benefit from tricyclic antidepressants.
    • Physical Therapy
      The main aim of TMJ disorder treatment is to reduce joint stiffness and enhance movement of the jaw. Many cases of TMD can benefit from physical therapy alone without the need for medications. Common physical therapy measures include posture correction, joint mobilization, occlusal adjustments, or special treatments like ultrasonic or electric stimulation.
    • Bite Adjustment
      Slight malocclusion or irregularities in the natural bite can also interfere with TMJ functions. In this case, our prosthodontist will detect the high spots or irregular edges and trim them to create an ideal bite. This way, your upper and lower teeth rest well during occlusion, preventing extra strain on the jaw joints.
    • Custom Night Guards/TMJ bite planes
      People who suffer from bruxism are at high risk of developing TMJ-related issues. To address this concern, we offer customized night guards that prevent the grinding or clenching of teeth. It also helps alleviate excess stress on the joint.

    Schedule An Appointment

    If you are interested in TMJ disorder treatment in St. John’s, NL, schedule a consultation with our dental experts today. Call us at (709) 754-4895 for an appointment.

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