Posts for: January, 2015

By Dental Designs
January 29, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   oral health   tmj   tmd   Dentist  

TMJIf you’ve had jaw pain for a while now you may have been hoping the problem was only temporarily and would eventually go away on its own. However, if the problem has continued without any relief then TMJ could be to blame. This condition usually affects people between the ages of 20 to 50, but can happen to anyone. If you have noticed pain or stiffness when chewing or you experience frequent headaches in the morning, then talk to your Winnipeg dentist about whether you might have TMJ.

What is TMJ?

This muscular disorder affects the temporomandibular joint, which links the jaw to the side of the head. This, in turn affects the chewing muscles, causing significant discomfort.

What are the symptoms of TMJ?

TMJ presents with a variety of different symptoms and you may experience one or all of these. The most common symptom is pain while chewing or talking, and the pain may even radiate throughout your face or neck. You may also experience stiffness in the jaw muscle, limited jaw mobility or notice a clicking or popping sound when you open and close your jaw.

What causes TMJ?

Direct trauma to the jaw or the joint itself can cause TMJ; however, for most people with TMJ no specific cause is usually found. Women tend to have TMJ more often than men, so some researchers believe that TMJ disorders and female hormones could possibly be linked.

How does your Winnipeg dentist treat TMJ?

While certain over-the-counter pain medications may offer temporary relief from your symptoms, if you don’t notice a significant change in your pain talk to us about certain muscle relaxants or prescription pain medications that might help alleviate your TMJ symptoms.

We also offer a stabilization splint, which is a plastic oral appliance that goes over both the upper and lower teeth. This is the most common treatment option for TMJ and it is often the most effective in reducing pain.

Call Dental Designs Today!

If you need relief from your TMJ-related symptoms, then talk to your Winnipeg dentist today about treatment options that could help alleviate your pain. Call us today!

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Singer LeAnn Rimes was forced to cancel a string of performances recently, as a more pressing engagement came up: a late-night meeting with her endodontist. It turned out that the country-pop star needed some emergency dental work performed while she was on tour. But her die-hard fans needn't have felt left out — Rimes faithfully tweeted each stage of her dental treatment.

The trouble began before she was scheduled to play a show in Ohio. “Waiting on the endodontist to meet me and do a nighttime root canal,” she informed her twitter followers. Instead of performing, Rimes was advised to spend the next few days resting after the emergency treatment. “Happy Friday! I'll be spending mine in bed,” she tweeted after the previous evening's procedure. The following Monday, Rimes returned to the dentist's chair for follow-up treatment.

It turned out that the singer had been battling dental pain for months. “I am so disappointed that I can't make it to my fans tonight.” Rimes explained in a statement. “I had wanted to give them the show they deserved and only wish this tooth pain held out a little longer.”

If there's a moral to this story, it's this: If you have tooth pain, don't wait to see a dentist. Call us right away!

A feeling of constant pain and pressure in your mouth is a clear indication that you may need a root canal. Another telltale symptom is sharp pain when you bite down on food, or lingering pain after eating something hot or cold. Not every symptom is as clear-cut, however — the only way to know for sure whether you need treatment is to come in for an evaluation.

Pain in your teeth or gums may be a symptom of a serious condition. Even if the pain goes away temporarily, an underlying infection generally does not. If a treatment such as root canal therapy is needed, the sooner it is obtained, the better you'll feel. And remember, root canal treatment doesn't cause tooth pain — it relieves it!

If you have any concerns about tooth pain, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “I'd Rather Have a Root Canal” and “Signs and Symptoms of a Future Root Canal.”


The term “root canal” is a part of our social lexicon, and not always with a positive meaning. But contrary to its negative reputation, a root canal treatment can make all the difference in your dental health.

Here are 3 things you may not know about this important procedure.

A root canal treatment is a “tooth” saver. Decay deep inside the tooth pulp puts the entire tooth at risk. The infection not only destroys nerves and tissue in the pulp, it has a direct path to the root through tiny passageways known as root canals. By cleaning out this infected tissue, then filling the empty pulp chamber and the root canals with a special filling, the procedure stops the disease from further harm and seals the tooth from future infection. Without it, it’s highly likely the tooth will be lost and other teeth threatened by the infection.

A root canal doesn’t cause pain — it relieves it. The biggest misconception about root canal treatments is their supposed painfulness. That’s just not true, thanks to anesthetic techniques that numb the teeth and gums — and any discomfort afterward is quite manageable with mild anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen. The procedure actually stops the real pain, caused by the infection damaging and finally killing the tooth’s nerves, when it stops the infection.

Root canal treatments are even more effective thanks to recent advancements. Not all infected tooth situations are the same: some teeth have smaller offset passageways called accessory canals that grow off a larger root canal that can be quite difficult to detect and access. Missing them can leave the door open for re-infection. In recent years, though, endodontists, specialists in root canal disorders, have improved the way we address these complications using advanced technologies like specialized microscopic equipment and new filling techniques. The result: a lower risk of re-infection and a higher chance of long-term success.

Hopefully, you’ll continue to enjoy good dental health and won’t need a root canal treatment. But if you do, rest assured it won’t be the unpleasant experience you might have thought — and will be a welcomed solution to pain and threatening tooth loss.

If you would like more information on root canal treatments, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment.”