Skip to main content

TMJ Treatment Trenton

Relieve Chronic Jaw Pain

TMJ Treatment Trenton

The term TMJ actually refers to the temporomandibular joint in the human jaw. This is the joint that connects the jaw to the temporal bones of your skull – acting as a hinge. The TMJ connects the jaw in such a way that it allows for up and down, open and close, and side to side movement. It is also primarily responsible for manipulation of speech, yawning, chewing and language. In some instances, people can experience pain or symptoms with the TMJ that is commonly referred to as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMD.

Common Causes of TMJ Disorder or TMD

The primary causes of a TMJ disorder (TMD) can be problems with the joint or the jaw muscles attached to the joint. Commonly, injuries to the head, neck or face can all lead to TMD. Other causes of TMJ Disorder include stress, patterns of clenching or grinding teeth (usually at night), and arthritis pain that cause tightening and clenching of jaw muscles or the face.

Common Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

TMD can be pretty painful or even be the cause of a great deal of discomfort. Symptoms that are commonly referred to contributing to TMD are:

  • Lockjaw
  • Clicking or popping jaw
  • Difficulty opening or closing jaw
  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Pain in face, neck or jaw
  • Difficulty or pain while chewing
  • Pain and tenderness in the face, neck or jaw
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in ears
  • Upper shoulder pain
  • Toothaches

If you are experiencing jaw pain, contact us for an initial TMJ appointment.

1 Step 1

Contact Us

keyboard_arrow_leftPrevious
Nextkeyboard_arrow_right
FormCraft - WordPress form builder

Thank you to all of our patients who have taken the time to write us a review on Google!

A dental experience unlike anything you've ever experienced...

We’re Insanely Gentle

We do everything we can to make sure your visit is as comfortable as possible. We want you to love coming to the dentist.

Emergencies Welcome

If you are in pain we always make an effort to get you into our office as soon as possible.

Insurance Accepted

Most of our procedures are covered by insurance. Our office will help you submit your insurance claim. Give us a call to learn more.

Award Winning Care

We have hundreds of 5 star reviews and have thousands of happy patients.

Industry Leading Technology

We invest in the latest and greatest technology for improved comfort and diagnostics.

Accepting New Patients

We warmly welcome new patients to our office and do our best to accommodate short notice appointments.

GENTLE & COMPASSIONATE

Judgement free dentistry.

We know most folks don't like going to the dentist. We use industry leading technology and super gentle techniques to ensure our patients are comfortable. We offer a wide range of solutions for patients with dental anxiety.

NEW PATIENTS
HONEST & TRANSPARENT

High quality dentistry that's accessible to all.

No one wants to be surprised with a bill for their dentistry. We always focus on being extra transparent with what work is being completed, how much treatment will cost, and what portion insurance will cover. We are competitively priced for those who do not have dental insurance.

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

Meet Your Experienced Team of Dentists

We're a team of gentle and compassionate dentists offering high quality comprehensive dentistry in a friendly and modern office.

“As someone who has often felt anxious about dental visits, I was pleasantly surprised by the exceptional experience.”

HPGoogle Review

Dr. Kaustubh Gandhalikar

Dentist

Dr. Kaustubh Gandhalikar graduated in 2004 from the prestigious Government Dental College in Mumbai, India. Before he came to Canada he had a vast clinical experience of working for over fifteen years during which time he practised his skill and expertise in treating patients requiring complex dental treatments as well as at guiding aspiring students for doing well in their dental career.

After coming to Canada Dr. Gandhalikar successfully accomplished the licensing exams in his very first attempt and is now an Board certified Dentist. He is passionate with his field of work and keeps his knowledge up-to-date with counting education and hands on courses. Dr Gandhalikar is trained proficient at performing procedures like surgical extractions, crown and bridge, root canal treatment, Invisalign, Dental Imlplants, cosmetic Dentistry and many more. He has been practicing in Quinte and surrounding area since 2019. Taking the next step Dr Gandhalikar co-founded Trenton Family Dentistry with Dr Patel.

Apart from working Dr. Gandhalikar also loves playing cricket, table tennis, visiting places, trying new cuisines and working out occasionally. He is happily married and his wife is a Registered Physiotherapist practising in Canada. Together they have a lovely daughter around whom their joyful world revolves!

Dr. Hardik Patel

Dentist

Dr. Patel is a graduate of FDS D.D.U India, a renowned dental school located in India, in 2014. In 2015, he moved to Canada with his wife to start a new chapter of his life. He is amongst those internationally trained dentists that received the National Dental Board of Examination Canada’s equivalency certification in the first attempt and within a year. He started to practice Dentistry in Toronto and surrounding places in the GTA before moving to the Quinte region in 2018, and has been serving community Belleville and Quinte region since then.

Dr. Patel enjoys all aspects of dentistry with a keen interest in Aesthetic Dentistry, Preventative Dental Care, Dentures, Extractions, Invisalign, Root canals, Crown and Bridges. He loves helping patients and the community through education and prevention and oversees the operations of an outreach community clinic. He is a firm believer in Community service and worked with the Community Dental offices in Canada. Dr. Patel has a diverse background and is fluent in Gujarati, Hindi, and English. He loves dentistry and spends most of his free time studying and educating himself on cutting-edge techniques and materials. He has completed over 200 hours of advanced training in all facets of dentistry including Invisalign, implant dentistry and bone grafting, oral surgery, cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric dentistry with Nitrous oxide sedation (Laughing Gas).

He is an active member of the Canadian Dental Association, Ontario Dental Association (ODA), Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO), Bay of Quinte Dental Society and various study clubs.

Dr. Patel and his team members are committed to providing excellent clinical care to every single patient he treats. He believes in providing proper patient education for each recommended treatment plan. He also gives proper explanations of each treatment with the audio-visual presentations. He is a firm believer of administering comprehensive care for the individual and their families.

When not providing dental care for his patients, Dr. Patel enjoys spending quality time with his three-year-old son, his wife, and friends and family. He loves exploring new places when he can and likes sports, online games and watching movies. Dr. Patel and his team members are excited to welcome the citizens of Trenton and surrounding places to our brand-new dental office to make every smile a brighter and confident smile.

Dr. Srikanth Lingamaneni

Dentist

Dr Srikanth Lingamaneni Graduated from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in 2003. He worked in India for 9 years before moving to Canada in 2012. He started to practice Dentistry in GTA in 2020 and has been serving the Belleville and the Quinte Region. Dr Sri also practices in Tweed, ON at Gateway Community Centre.

He is an active member of the Canadian Dental Association, Ontario Dental Association (ODA).

He is married and has a lovely daughter together. His wife is in the process of completing her Dentist license in Canada and hopes to join the dental community soon.

He is a strong believer in continuing education and focusing on preventative dentistry. He also has a keen interest in restorative dentistry, extractions, crowns and bridges, periodontics and cosmetic dentistry.

He believes good listening skills and working with his patients allows them to be an integral part of their treatment plans.

Dr Sri fluently speaks English, Telugu, Kannada, and Hindi.

During his down time he enjoys collecting coins and taking his family on long drives and watching movies at home.

What are my TMJ treatment options?

Over-the-counter medication: We may prescribe the medications to help to relieve the pain or swelling caused by the TMD. We may also suggest exploring lifestyle choices that contribute to relaxing the muscles and decrease instances of clenching or grinding teeth.

Nightguard: One of the most commonly recommended treatments for TMJ Disorder are custom-molded plastic night guards that fit over the lower or upper teeth. They are designed in such a way to prevent subconscious grinding which typically occurs at night. It can also contribute to an improvement in biting form over time and increase airflow at night.

Possible Dental Work: Depending on the case, there may be protruding teeth or crowns/bridges that are contributing to pain in the jaw. This will have to be determined in the office during consultation and testing. In very severe circumstances, we may recommend a surgery with an oral surgeon.

Orthodontic treatment: a misaligned bite, or malocclusion, could be contributing to your jaw pain. Crooked teeth or an irregular bite create traumatic forces which put strain on your jaw joints and cause tooth wear.

For those experiencing TMD and are seeking TMJ Treatment, contact our office for an initial consultation. We will be happy to answer all of your questions and get you on the right path to a life free of jaw pain.

TMJ Treatment at Trenton Family Dental

TMJ, also known as temporomandibular joint disorder, occurs when there is impairment with the joint connecting your upper and lower jaw. This joint allows you to move your lower jaw in a variety of positions, such as up and down and side to side. When there are issues with the joint, it can cause popping or clicking sounds or your jaw getting stuck. Doctors are still determining the exact cause of TMJ, but it’s believed to be caused by injury, genetics, or environmental factors like stress.

TMJ symptoms can vary from person to person so it can be difficult to know if you have TMJ. Your dentist can determine if you have TMJ with a complete diagnosis. This includes getting a complete overview of your dental and medical history as well X-rays to get an in-depth look of your oral tissues.

Common TMJ symptoms include:

  • Difficulty opening your lower jaw, moving it forward or backward, or from side to side.
  • Jaws that temporarily get locked or stuck.
  • Popping or clicking sounds when opening or closing your mouth.
  • Chronic headaches or migraines.
  • Pain in your ears, neck, shoulders.
  • Pain while yawning or chewing.

If it is determined that you have TMJ, your dentist will create a customized treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms. Recommend treatments can include:

  • Relaxing the tense muscles by applying moist heat.
  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers to help reduce pain.
  • Wearing an oral appliance to protect your teeth from grinding and clenching. Because stress is a common contributor to TMJ, people who are stressed are more likely to grind or clench their teeth while sleeping, which can cause TMJ symptoms.
  • Relaxation exercises to ease your tense jaw muscles.
  • As a last resort, surgery may be recommended.

Dr. Patel & Dr. Gandhalikar, Trenton Dentist, is committed to helping you relieve your TMJ pain once and for all. Contact Trenton Dentistry to schedule an appointment with us today.

Address

73 Division St. Trenton, ON K8V 4W7

Hours

Monday: 8:30am-5:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am-7:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am-5:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am-5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am-1:00pm

New patients are always welcome at our practice. Give us a call or request an appointment online.

Book an Appointment

or call (613) 394 3883

What are common symptoms of TMJ disorders?

How long does TMJ treatment take?