Oral discomfort can come from a variety of sources, and if you have a locked, sore or popping jaw, we may recommend TMJ/TMD treatment in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. Our guests can experience attentive and expert care from Dr. Michael E. Kun at every visit. So, please contact us at 610-709-6774 to arrange a consultation with our dentist at your soonest convenience.
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMD) is a term used to describe a number of symptoms related to malfunction of the jaw joints. These symptoms include:
- Facial pain
- Jaw pain
- Sore, chipped, broken or worn teeth
- Clicking and popping in the jaw
- Limited jaw movement
- Chronic pain in the face, head, neck and shoulders
- Teeth grinding
- Frequent ear infections
- Restricted airways
The majority of people suffer from TMJ to some degree. This condition affects patients of all ages, though children are especially sensitive to TMJ and will usually show early signs of the problem.
The temporomandibular joint is the jaw joint. This small joint connects the lower jaw to the skull, and is one of the most complex joints in the body, being located in an intricate network of bones, muscles and nerves. Because of this, TMJ dysfunction may affect many areas of the body, from the top of the head in migraine headaches to numbness and tingling the arms and pain in the neck or shoulders.
In many cases, TMJ disorders stem from bad bites, which force the muscles into a strained position and cause pain. When you visit our office, our dentist will use epigenetic science and a neuromuscular approach to measure the most relaxed position of your jaw to determine the best position. We can then realign the bite and restore the teeth, jaw and joints to their optimal position to improve your health, comfort and quality of life. Some of the treatments we may recommend include jaw and facial relaxation exercises, lifestyle changes, restorative dental treatments, mouth or night guards, jaw surgery or orthodontic treatment.
Our dentist will also check children for any early signs of TMJ disorder to ensure that they can receive treatment and jaw guidance before the problem become severe.
For more information about TMJ treatment and to schedule your consultation, call our office today.