Does your jaw pop or click when you eat hard foods? Do you wake up with morning headaches? You may have a TMJ disorder. TMJ disorders are caused by injury or stress on the temporomandibular joints. These joints aid in biting and chewing, as they connect the jawbone to the skull. Patients with TMJ disorders often experience pain in the face or jaw, as well as nightly teeth grinding. Our professional dental team provides TMJ treatment in Newtown, PA. They help restore oral health and physical health to patients with TMJ therapy treatments.
Signs of TMJ
Common signs of TMJ disorders include:
- Jaw and facial pain
- Tooth sensitivity
- Difficulty chewing
- Worn tooth enamel
- Cuts or sores inside the cheek
- Muscle spasms
- Teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism)
- Jaw clicking or popping
Contact our office if you have noticed any of these TMJ symptoms. We will help you find the right treatment option for your specific TMJ problems.
Treatments for TMJ Disorders
Patients with TMJ symptoms can alleviate pain and discomfort with these treatments:
- Exercises: We will often recommend physical therapy for our TMJ patients. During physical therapy appointments, they will learn certain exercises that reduce TMJ symptoms in the jaw, head, and neck.
- Nutrition counseling: Some patients benefit from avoiding hard or chewy foods for several weeks. Eating a soft diet can reduce strain on the muscles and TMJ joints, allowing them to heal.
- Spray and stretch: For this treatment, we spray a vapor coolant on a tender muscle. Then, we stretch out the muscle to help relieve pain.
- Trigger point injections: These injections use a medicated needle injected into the TMJ muscles to relieve pain.
- Occlusal splints: An occlusal splint is a custom oral appliance that is similar to a mouthguard. It prevents teeth clenching and grinding and can reduce stress on the facial and jaw muscles.
Request a Dental Appointment
Do you often find yourself clenching your jaw in stressful situations? Are you looking for a way to stop nightly teeth grinding? Call our office for TMJ treatment today at 267-692-2394. Schedule a dental consultation with us online.