TMJ Therapy in Glen Mills, PA
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You have two temporomandibular joints (TMJ). They’re located just beneath your ears, connecting the lower jaw to your skull. Your TMJ allows you to perform a wide range of motion, which is essential for everyday activities such as eating, speaking, yawning, and singing.
If you’re experiencing pain or swelling in the TMJ region, you could be suffering from a condition is known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Some of the most common complaints among TMD sufferers are popping noises when they open and close their mouth and recurring pain or stiffness in the jaw.
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. McCoy by calling (610) 358-5690 right away. We’ll diagnose your condition and get you the help you need to relieve your pain.
There are a number of factors that contribute to TMD. For example, it’s frequently triggered by bruxism, the clenching or grinding of your teeth that often occurs during sleep. Stress is a major contributor to bruxism.
Additional causes of TMD include osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in your TMJ or a dislocated disc between the ball and socket. We’ll use our advanced diagnostic equipment to pinpoint the source of your pain.
TMD can manifest in a variety of symptoms, some of which can be very debilitating. Dr. McCoy treats these common symptoms of TMD:
Dr. McCoy features a range of options for treating TMD. These include at-home remedies such as applying hot and cold packs to your jaw and using over-the-counter pain medications to reduce swelling.
If these actions don’t alleviate your symptoms, Dr. McCoy may provide you with a customized nightguard. This small plastic appliance is worn at night to prevent your teeth from clenching and grinding while you sleep. It also protects your teeth and any existing restorations from damage.
Your new nightguard might take a few days to get used to, but your jaw will quickly adjust to the point where you probably won’t even notice it. Stress-reduction techniques can also be used to reduce bruxism.
If you’re suffering from consistent pain or soreness in your jaw, it’s a good idea to visit a dentist who has experience diagnosing and treating TMJ disorder. With over 40 years of providing dental care behind him, Dr. McCoy can ensure that you get an accurate diagnosis and find an effective treatment that relieves your symptoms.
Jaw popping is a common symptom of TMD. Since the temporomandibular joint connects your jawbone to each side of your skull, any dysfunction with the joint can affect your ability to talk, chew, and yawn. If you notice popping or clicking sounds in your jaw when you do any of those things, we recommend contacting our practice as soon as possible.
Since the TMJ is located next to your ear, it can affect your hearing in certain cases. Some patients with TMD report ear pain, tinnitus, and hearing loss among their symptoms. If this happens to you, Dr. McCoy can relieve your symptoms with a customized mouthguard.
If you suffer from chronic sinus pain or headaches with no apparent explanation, it may be an indication that you have TMD. In this case, the headaches and sinus pressure are caused by constantly clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth, often without even knowing it. A customized mouthguard can help you take the pressure off your jaw and eliminate the pain.
At Progressive Dentistry, Sleep & Wellness, we’re committed to improving your health as well as your overall quality of life. If you’re suffering from TMD, we’ll find the best treatment option to alleviate your pain.
To learn more about our effective TMJ care, contact our practice in Glen Mills by calling (610) 358-5690. You can also fill out the easy submission form on this page and we’ll get right back to you.