The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect the skull and jaw bone. They aid in chewing and speaking. TMJ disorders occur when these joints are injured and/or under stress. At Wayne Family Dentistry, we treat patients with TMJ disorders in our Wayne, PA dental office.
Our team takes a comprehensive approach to dental treatment. They take the time to thoroughly examine the smile and then may recommend the appropriate restorative dental care. TMJ disorders can be highly damaging. Over time, they can wear down teeth and muscles in the jaw. Contact our dental office to restore function and comfort to your teeth, jaw joints, and bite.
What Are Common TMJ Symptoms?
Some of the most prevalent signs of TMJ disorders include:
- Jaw and tooth pain
- Teeth clenching and grinding (Bruxism)
- Tooth wear
- Difficulty or pain when chewing
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Jaw popping and clicking
It can sometimes be difficult to diagnose TMJ disorders. This is because symptoms can happen unconsciously. Oftentimes, patients will clench and grind their teeth at night or during stressful situations. However, at regular visits, we examine the teeth and gums. We can spot signs of tooth wear that are often a tell-tale sign of a TMJ disorder.
Treating TMJ Disorders
One of the best treatment options for patients with TMJ disorders is nightguards. Similar to custom mouthguards, these oral appliances are made of hard acrylic. They are typically worn at night to stop teeth clenching and grinding.
Nightguards also relieve pressure from the jaw joints and muscles. When patients grind their teeth, they are continually working the muscles and joints in the jaw. Wearing an oral appliance when this occurs can alleviate some of the pressure caused by bruxism.
For many patients, we will recommend physical therapy and lifestyle changes to help alleviate stress. During physical therapy, patients will learn exercises to improve their posture and keep their bite in line. If needed, we will also recommend that patients stick to a soft diet for multiple weeks. This can also relieve stress and pressure on the muscles and joints in the jaw.
Call Our Dental Office Today
Do you suspect that you may have a TMJ disorder? Contact our dental office by calling 610-347-5133. You may also request a dental consultation with our team online. At your next dental visit, let us know if you have further questions or concerns. Our dentists will be glad to help you.