For something so small, your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) does a lot of work. It connects your jaw to your skull, so you use it every time you open your mouth. It can also cause a lot of pain if it becomes inflamed, a condition known as TMJ disorder. Our dentists offer non-surgical TMJ treatment in Wayne that will relieve your pain and restore normal jaw function.Doctor Brian Handel on TMJ and Grinding Read Transcript
We have helped a lot of patients with chronic jaw pain, and there's a number of ways to do it. The most common way is first diagnosing the problem, why it's occurring, and the treatment that we can use range from different types of appliances that we make for our patients that they can wear during waking hours and during sleeping hours.
A TMJ appliance is made by taking impressions of the upper and lower teeth, and they fit typically on one arch or the other, top or bottom. The main purpose of it is to absorb the shock of a patient's grinding or clenching habit. By doing that, it takes pressure off the joint, relieves pressure in the muscles of the face, head, and neck, and decreases the inflammation of those areas by eliminating pain.
Recovery time when using this appliance can range from immediate to months, but the main thing we look for is a progressive improvement. I've worn a TMJ appliance for 25 years, and I got used to it very quickly, and if I don't wear it, I'll know it the next day. It's very easy to wear and typically very comfortable.
Our treatment will:
- Allow you to chew and eat without pain
- Stop you from grinding teeth, a destructive habit often linked to TMJ dysfunction
- Help you get a better night’s rest
- Relieve TMJ symptoms like headaches, shoulder strain, and earaches
Non-surgical Treatments Relieve Your TMJ Pain
TMJ problems are often linked to clenching or teeth grinding (bruxism). To prevent these damaging behaviors that can crack or wear down teeth, as well as relieve pressure on your jaw, our dentists can fit you for a custom-made night guard. You’ll wear the night guard when you sleep. Like our other custom mouthguards, they’re made using impressions of your teeth to guarantee a perfect fit. We can also use cold laser treatment for just five to seven minutes on each side of your jaw to painlessly reduce inflammation.
Dr. Brian Handel is a member of both the World Clinical Laser Institute and the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and is a charter member of Appliance Therapy Practitioners. So you’re in experienced hands for relief of TMJ pain.
Seek Help If You Experience TMJ Symptoms
Chronic jaw pain is the most obvious symptom of a TMJ disorder, and it can make it difficult to perform everyday actions like yawning and chewing. You may experience other symptoms too, like:
- Facial swelling, especially near your jaw
- Frequent headaches
- A jaw that locks in place when you open or close your mouth
- Muscle pain in your neck, shoulders, and upper back
For TMJ treatment in Wayne, call 610-227-6143. Remember, you’ll receive a discount on your treatment if you’re a first responder or member of the military or if you choose to pay for your treatment in full at the time of service.