Forest Glen Dental - Kitchener

TMJ Therapy in Kitchener

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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Evelyn Zepeda
1 month ago
My oldest had her second visit today and did amazing! - Dr. Gobrial the first time and Dr. Solimon the second. Both experiences were great and here’s a picture for proof. Her little sister was there today for emotional support, she had fun taking a ride on the Chair, feeling like a rock star in the special sunglasses and picking a prize from the treasure bin. I wish I was as good of a patient as my little one was today as a kid. One proud Mama! Thank you Forest Glen dental.
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M Schaan
1 month ago
Everyone here is so kind! Dr Sam was amazing. He's so kind, caring, and gentle! Amanda and Natasha at the front are so good. I came here for a second Opinion and I'm so glad I did!
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Viresh Shah
10 months ago
My daughter had the first and an amazing experience with Forest Glen Dental. We went for an initial diagnosis and decided to do cleaning and filling right away based on x-ray. Dr. Sandra Ghobrial was terrific and he explained everything in detail nicely and patiently. He is great at handling kids and made my 7 year old daughter very comfortable for her first filling of a life. The entire staff was so welcoming. Definitely this would be our go to place for any future dental needs.
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Rosa Osorio
5 months ago
I enjoy coming to this facility. The staff is great! Always ready with a smile to help and make everything so easy for you such as payments, ect, no headaches. The dentist was very helpful and honest with finding a good solution to my problem. Thank you!!!
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john adel
1 month ago
Natasa is the best, she accumulated my time, and when I came early, she got me in so quick. Dr. Soliman is very skilled and experienced. I highly recommend to call Natasa if you want a quick appointment and Dr. Soliman to take care of you
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Evelyn Zepeda
1 month ago
My oldest had her second visit today and did amazing! - Dr. Gobrial the first time and Dr. Solimon the second. Both experiences were great and here’s a picture for proof. Her little sister was there today for emotional support, she had fun taking a ride on the Chair, feeling like a rock star in the special sunglasses and picking a prize from the treasure bin. I wish I was as good of a patient as my little one was today as a kid. One proud Mama! Thank you Forest Glen dental.
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M Schaan
1 month ago
Everyone here is so kind! Dr Sam was amazing. He's so kind, caring, and gentle! Amanda and Natasha at the front are so good. I came here for a second Opinion and I'm so glad I did!
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Viresh Shah
10 months ago
My daughter had the first and an amazing experience with Forest Glen Dental. We went for an initial diagnosis and decided to do cleaning and filling right away based on x-ray. Dr. Sandra Ghobrial was terrific and he explained everything in detail nicely and patiently. He is great at handling kids and made my 7 year old daughter very comfortable for her first filling of a life. The entire staff was so welcoming. Definitely this would be our go to place for any future dental needs.
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Rosa Osorio
5 months ago
I enjoy coming to this facility. The staff is great! Always ready with a smile to help and make everything so easy for you such as payments, ect, no headaches. The dentist was very helpful and honest with finding a good solution to my problem. Thank you!!!
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john adel
1 month ago
Natasa is the best, she accumulated my time, and when I came early, she got me in so quick. Dr. Soliman is very skilled and experienced. I highly recommend to call Natasa if you want a quick appointment and Dr. Soliman to take care of you
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