TMJ TreatmentAn Overview
Dr. Ami Barakat of Villanova Dental Studio in the Kanata, ON area offers comprehensive treatment options for patients suffering from TMJ Disorders, headaches, jaw pain and other TMJ related problems. Dr. Barakat and his associates will work with you to analyze the function of your entire occlusal system (teeth, gums and jaw joints) for more accurate diagnosis and treatment planning to restore oral health and alleviate your pain or discomfort.
TMJ is the term widely in use when referring to Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD), a complex group of disorders characterized by pain and limited mobility in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and surrounding tissue. It is estimated that 35 million adults suffer from TMJ Disorders, however, there are few medical professionals experienced in diagnosing and treating these complicated conditions. As a neuromuscular dentist, Dr. Ami Barakat is qualified to offer comprehensive treatment plans that address the causes of TMJ to alleviate associated symptoms and restore oral health.
Signs & Symptoms of TMJ
The signs of a TMJ disorder are unique to the individual, making it a challenge for an untrained clinician to reach a diagnosis. Some of the more common signs or symptoms include:
- Popping or clicking in the jaw
- Locked jaw, difficulty opening the mouth
- Pain when chewing, eating or opening wide
- Frequent headaches or migraines
- Soreness or tiredness in the face or jaw
- Teeth grinding
Schedule a Complimentary TMJ Consultation
If you are concerned that you may have a bite problem or TMJ disorder, schedule an appointment with Dr. Barakat. He offers complimentary TMJ consultation to new and returning patients. Dr. Barakat will provide a thorough evaluation of your bite function and overall dental health condition. He will then be able to offer his patients the proper TMJ treatment in the Stittsville, ON, Kanata, ON and Ottawa, ON area.
I’m a big chicken, perhaps I will always be and you all respect this. I have NEVER been made to feel embarrassed because of this. You are always supportive and caring, no matter what. Love you guys!Marie G.
Just love my new dentist and all staff at Villanova dental studio. Would highly recommend them.Manon P.
The staff here are all very friendly and professional. They make you feel at ease, and help with any fears you might have about going to the dentist. I would definitely recommend anyone to visit this office, especially those with anxiety with the dentist, as they are very patient and…Karleigh W.
TMJ Treatment What to Expect
The first step is a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of all aspects of your occlusal system at our Kanata, ON dentist office. This includes the teeth, gums and jaw joints. Pinpointing the underlying cause of your bite dysfunction is the key to treatment that will go beyond the symptoms and improve your overall oral health for the long term.
Dr. Barakat utilizes state of the art neuromuscular dentistry technology to detect the source of your discomfort and provide the basis for your personal treatment plan. The majority of TMJ cases are caused by a misalignment of the jaw and bite. Every patient’s misalignment will be different, so it is essential to properly analyze the specific jaw measurements and movement to build an effective treatment plan.
K7 Evaluation System: the K7 Evaluation System to precisely map the movements of your jaw. K7 Evaluation System is an advanced computer technology that is used to determine the extent of the irregularities in the movement and alignment of the jaw.
TENS Unit: Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation Unit sends mild electrical stimulation to relax the jaw muscles relaxing into proper alignment. TENS is used for TMJ diagnosis and TMJ treatment.
TMJ disorders can be very complex which is why there is no one way to correct the problem. After your comprehensive oral examination at our Kanata, ON dentist office, Dr. Barakat will make a diagnosis and treatment plan. Treatment options will depend on the severity of your dental concern, possible tooth damage and an assessment of your overall lifestyle. It could take one or several treatments to correct the instability and repair any damage to teeth or gums. Our goal is to treat TMJ by gently and naturally bringing the head, neck, jaw and bite into proper alignment. Dr. Barakat will work with each patient on an individual basis to build a treatment plan that will address the cause of the jaw malfunction to relieve TMJ symptoms using the following treatments:
- TENS therapy (Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation)
- Restorative dentistry treatments such as dental crowns or porcelain veneers
- Reduce stress and tension in your life by possibly using exercise, yoga, or other therapeutic activities