Headaches? Jaw clicking? Grinding or clenching teeth at night?

TRNTO X Lawrence Park Dental

Dr. J. Olavo Queiroz received his DDS degree in ’91 from the Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas, Brazil. He obtained his licence to practice in Canada in ’95 and has been providing modern dentistry to our community ever since. He’s been trained by leaders in dentistry such as Drs. John Kois, Peter Dawson, Frank Spear, Robert Kerstein, Ben Sutter, Carl Misch, Ken Hebel, Les Premier, and more.

TMD (temporomandibular disorders) is a disorder affecting the body’s two temporomandibular joints, which are located directly in front of your ears. They are triangular-shaped and designed to act like hinges for your jaw, allowing you to comfortably and easily open your mouth to eat, drink, and speak. A patient struggling with TMD may experience a wide range of painful or aggravating symptoms, among them frequent headaches or migraines.

Other TMD symptoms include neck, shoulder, or lower back pain; difficulty hearing or ringing/ pressure in the ears; pain, tenderness, or swelling of the face; jaw popping/clicking; tooth sensitive to cold or ice and worn or broken teeth.

The causes behind TMD can range from misaligned teeth and/or teeth grinding to whiplash, sports injuries, or missing teeth. TMD is a disorder of the jaw joint, nerves, teeth and chewing muscles. Stress can also be a cause of it.

Tek-Scan/EMG is a revealing diagnostic tool to analyse the bite and measure the muscle activity, allowing the dentist to precisely evaluate your bite, muscles, and range of motion. It also measures the forces and timing of the bite to see if they are even or need adjustments.

Disclusion Time Reduction (DTR) is a computer- guided form of treatment that makes minor adjustments to teeth, improving occlusion and allowing the muscles to relax. By improving occlusion and relaxing muscles, pain can often be improved or eliminated.

This computer-guided treatment for patients predisposed to TMD (grind or clench a lot or have sore muscles and teeth) has proven to improve or halt disease progression.

Lawrence Park Dental is among few dental offices that offer digital bite analysis and DTR therapy in Toronto.

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