Dental Services

Dr Valerie Archibald's services include preventative care, cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, root canal treatment, invisalign orthodontics and TMJ disorder treatment.
Our dentists have excellent working relationships with specialists and dental labs. For more complex problems we will make sure that you always get the best possible care.

TMJ Disorder

TMJ stands for “temporomandibular joint”. This is the joint where the mandible (lower jaw) and temple bone of the head come together to form a movable joint. The joint itself is responsible for opening and closing your mouth, chewing, talking etc.

A common misconception is that TMJ means a problem with your “jaw joint”. What most people are referring to is TMJ disorder. TMJ disorder can cause a variety of problems as listed below.

  • Pain that is constant or sporadic
  • Earaches
  • Headaches
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Limited opening of your jaw
  • Pain with opening and closing of your lower jaw
  • Clicking or popping sounds when opening and closing your mouth

The cause of TMJ disorder can be attributed with many factors.

  • Previous injury
  • Bruxism – habitually grinding your teeth during the day or more commonly at night
  • Habits such as nail biting, clenching your teeth, gum chewing.
  • Dental / skeletal discrepancies
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle spasms.

Because there are so many possible causes, it is important to have a good diagnosis before any treatment is done.

Treatment of TMJ Disorder can include the use of anti imflammatories, physio therapy and splints depending on the cause.