“I Have Constant Jaw Pain… What Can I Do?”

TMJ treatment is a general dentistry procedure that aims to relieve jaw pain and muscle tension. The procedure involves reconstructing the jaw joint using dental implants, which can be used to replace teeth or realign teeth. If you are experiencing TMJ problems, it is important to seek treatment from a dentist at Dunwin Dental who specializes in treating this condition.

What is TMJ Disorder?

Located where your jaw meets your skull are your Temporomandibular Joints. Conditions causing pain in the joint that controls the movement of the jaw falls under “Temporomandibular Disorder” or TMD.

What Are The Root Causes?

  • Injuries to the jaw
  • Genetics
  • Arthritis
  • Bruxism

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

  • A painful or tender jaw
  • Pain in the temporomandibular joint on one or both sides
  • Pain that occurs when you chew
  • Having problems chewing that don’t include pain
  • Aching pain in the face
  • Difficulty closing or opening your jaw due to the joint locking.

TMJ Disorder Treatments


The first step of a root canal treatment is confirming that one is, in fact, necessary.

This is done during a visit to our dental office, where images are taken to determine the condition of your tooth and surrounding tissues

A pulp vitality response may also be done. During this kind of test, temperature sensitivity is checked for by subjecting the pulp to cold. If a tooth does not respond appropriately, the chances are good that it is in need of a root canal.


Root canals can require one or two appointments, each requiring up to ninety minutes each.

During these appointments, the tooth will be numbed in preparation for the treatment. The top of the tooth is then opened, and all of the pulp and infection is cleaned out of the tooth’s inner chamber.

These internal structures, including the root canal, will be filled with a substance known as gutta-percha and sealed.

The following appointment will be made sometime after a week to check and see if all is going well with the treatment.

TMJ Disorder Treatments

The first thing we’re going to do is listen to the joint while you open and close your mouth.

Oral Tests: 

We’ll also do tests to determine your jaw’s range of motion and apply pressure to sites around the jaw that cause discomfort or pain. The different types of tests include:

  • CT Scans
  • MRI’s
  • X-rays
  • TMJ Orthoscopy (inserting a camera through a thin tube known as a cannula to determine the cause of your symptoms.)

Prescription Medications

There are several over-the-counter and prescription medications that are helpful in treating some TMJ disorders, such as:

  •  Muscle relaxers
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs





Our environment at Dunwin Dental is warm and welcoming to make coming to your appointment feel like dropping in to see old friends.


We offer a range of treatment options from general dentistry to cosmetic dentistry while focusing on a positive patient experience.


You are in control of your oral care journey. Here, we empower you to make informed decisions about your dental care.

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