TMJ/TMD Therapy – Newtown, PA
Find Relief from Persistent Jaw Pain
If you struggle with frequent jaw pain, it is possible that you are suffering from TMJ disorder, which is sometimes referred to as TMJ dysfunction, TMD, or even just TMJ. This is a complex problem that can be a challenge to diagnose and address for many practices. Fortunately, The Dentists of Newtown has an on-staff expert in TMJ therapy in Newtown. Dr. Marc Segal offers a range of conservative treatments that are designed to provide long-lasting jaw pain relief.
Why Choose The Dentists of Newtown for TMJ/TMD Therapy?
- On-Staff TMD Expert
- Conservative, Gentle Treatment
- Empathetic and Caring Staff
What Is TMJ Dysfunction?
Many people use the term “TMJ” to describe problems that afflict that jaw joint, but that is a bit of a misnomer. In reality, the TMJ (which stands for temporomandibular joint) is simply the joint that connects the lower jaw to the rest of your skull. Conditions that affect that joint and the surrounding tissues fall under the umbrella of TMD. Due to the complexity of TMJ problems, some dentists and physicians find them difficult to properly diagnose.
Symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction
TMD can come with dozens of symptoms, but the most common are:
- Tenderness and pain in the jaw
- Facial soreness and tenderness
- The sensation of lockjaw
- Popping or clicking in the jaw when you open and close your mouth
- Ear pain, ringing in the ears, or temporary hearing loss
- Neck pain, back pain, and other musculoskeletal symptoms
- Frequent headaches and migraines
- Difficulty chewing due to pain or limited mouth movements
Treatments for TMJ Dysfunction
When you come in for your consultation, Dr. Segal will learn about your symptoms and might order some diagnostic tests. Then, he will get to work on designing your care plan with the goal of making your treatment as conservative as possible. The best way to address your TMD will depend on what is causing the problem. Dr. Segal might recommend one or more of the following for you:
- Occlusal splint. Also called a nightguard, an occlusal splint is a custom oral appliance that prevents teeth grinding, reduces painful muscle spasms, and helps to stabilize the TMJ.
- Spray and stretch. This technique involves spraying a vapocoolant on a pained muscle before stretching it out in order to relieve pain.
- Nutrition counseling or referral. Temporarily avoiding chewy and sticky foods can reduce strain on your TMJ and give it the opportunity to heal.
- Trigger point injections. By inserting a needle (with or without medication in it, depending on the situation) into tense muscles around the TMJ, Dr. Segal may be able to relieve your pain.
- Certain exercises for the jaw, head, and neck have been known to reduce TMD symptoms.
A Note to Other Doctors
If you are a physician or dentist in Newtown who has a patient that is struggling with TMD, Dr. Segal would be happy to help! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started on the referral process.