Wellington Dentistry - London

TMJ Therapy in London

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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赛义夫SaM
3 weeks ago
Lovely and friendly staff especially the hygienist Chelsea and Dr.Darwish they deserve most kudos and more than 5 stars for knowledge and attitude. Only one thing is the place could use a little touch. All and all pleasant experience. Would definitely recommend.
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I went to Wellington Dentistry looking for a second opinion because due to a bad bite my tooth came loose from the containment (brackets) and was a little loose. At the other dental center they told me that my tooth was fractured and the only solution was to extract it although the x-ray my teeth looked normal, which had me very depressed. It was at this time that I arrived at Wellington Dentistry where I was treated by Dr. Nabhan who checked each of my teeth and my loose tooth only needed to be glued back into the containment as it was absolutely healthy, the team was friendly, empathetic, professional and the place was clean, I recommend it 100% I will go again for my checkups and any dental emergencies.
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Ahed Mustafa
1 month ago
I took my daughter here after she endured pains from a previous bad dental experience and treatment, however wellington dental was a wonderful experience. Dr. Ahmed was phenomenal. Staff were very nice and sweet as well. I would totally recommend it if you are experiencing any dental issues or pains. The patient care was great, and there was payment options as well, to make it easier.
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Amer Bitar
3 months ago
It is definitely the best dental clinic with all the experienced dentists and the real care they offer. It was recommended for me and a drove all the way from Mississauga. And I am referring them to all my family members and friends. They use the most reliable and efficient methods and dental materials with the most advanced dental equipments. I wished I knew them earlier.
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Lolo Lolo
5 months ago
It was more than wonderful to have the opportunity to go to this clinic and deal with the staff. They are very nice and helpful. The place is very clean and comfortable. And most importantly of all, the doctor dealt with solving my dental problem. Dr. Ahmed Darwish was able to provide a very comfortable and quick treatment method that made me regain my confidence in my smile, Good luck.
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赛义夫SaM
3 weeks ago
Lovely and friendly staff especially the hygienist Chelsea and Dr.Darwish they deserve most kudos and more than 5 stars for knowledge and attitude. Only one thing is the place could use a little touch. All and all pleasant experience. Would definitely recommend.
More
I went to Wellington Dentistry looking for a second opinion because due to a bad bite my tooth came loose from the containment (brackets) and was a little loose. At the other dental center they told me that my tooth was fractured and the only solution was to extract it although the x-ray my teeth looked normal, which had me very depressed. It was at this time that I arrived at Wellington Dentistry where I was treated by Dr. Nabhan who checked each of my teeth and my loose tooth only needed to be glued back into the containment as it was absolutely healthy, the team was friendly, empathetic, professional and the place was clean, I recommend it 100% I will go again for my checkups and any dental emergencies.
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Ahed Mustafa
1 month ago
I took my daughter here after she endured pains from a previous bad dental experience and treatment, however wellington dental was a wonderful experience. Dr. Ahmed was phenomenal. Staff were very nice and sweet as well. I would totally recommend it if you are experiencing any dental issues or pains. The patient care was great, and there was payment options as well, to make it easier.
More
Amer Bitar
3 months ago
It is definitely the best dental clinic with all the experienced dentists and the real care they offer. It was recommended for me and a drove all the way from Mississauga. And I am referring them to all my family members and friends. They use the most reliable and efficient methods and dental materials with the most advanced dental equipments. I wished I knew them earlier.
More
Lolo Lolo
5 months ago
It was more than wonderful to have the opportunity to go to this clinic and deal with the staff. They are very nice and helpful. The place is very clean and comfortable. And most importantly of all, the doctor dealt with solving my dental problem. Dr. Ahmed Darwish was able to provide a very comfortable and quick treatment method that made me regain my confidence in my smile, Good luck.
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