TMJ/TMD PhotoAbout Our Practice!

We at Crichigno Orthodontics serve Hamilton, ON as well as the surrounding areas. We provide state-of-the-art orthodontic care to children, adolescents and adults in a friendly, comfortable, and stress-free environment. As an orthodontist, Dr. Crichigno is not only concerned with the esthetic value of a patient’s smile, but also understands the vital importance the alignment of the face, teeth and jaws play in the overall oral health and wellness of his patients. Some of our services include Invisalign, braces, orthognathic (jaw) surgery, and TMJ exams. We offer a TMJ exam that will assess whether or not a patient has TMD.

What Is TMJ?

The "Temporomandibular Joint," more commonly referred to as the "jaw joint," connects the lower jaw bone to the skull and assists in the basic opening and closing movements of the jaw. Unfortunately, this joint can become inflamed or disconnected over time, and can be a common area for recurring pain.

What Are Symptoms of TMD?

Patients who suffer from TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) frequently suffer from the following symptoms:

  • Jaw pain
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Head and neck aches
  • Clicking
  • Popping
  • Muscle spasms in the jaw
  • In severe cases, locked or limited opening of the jaw

Patients with TMD have shifting of the jaw, and therefore teeth that may not fit together properly, which can cause an increase in symptoms.

Schedule Your TMJ Exam With Dr. Nick Today!

Crichigno Orthodontics offers a TMJ exam that evaluates the complete jaw joint, including the soft tissues of the jaw. Possible diagnoses include swelling, deterioration of the joint tissue, or damaged joint tissue. Common pain relievers and cold compresses can provide temporary relief of pain, while treatment such as orthodontics (braces, Invisalign) or jaw surgery may be necessary to relieve symptoms. If you are suffering from discomfort of TMJ, contact us at our Hamilton office to schedule your exam today!