TMJ Treatment in Wexford, PA

Your Jaw Pain Ends Here

While it’s easy to dismiss facial discomfort as only natural, this tension could be a symptom of an underlying condition known as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ Disorder/TMD). When too much pressure is put on your jaw muscles, it can cause a variety of problems that impact your everyday life. That’s why Dr. Gabriel is proud to provide TMJ therapy for patients whose jaw muscles feel strained, weakened, or tense.

What Is TMD?

TMD or TMJ Disorder is a common condition where your jaw muscles are constantly strained and overworked. While symptoms vary depending on the severity of a patient’s case, this disorder is characterized by severe headaches, jaw pain, and teeth grinding. TMJ Disorder can be caused by a number of factors, including previous injury, bite misalignment, and stress. If not treated, the condition can gradually wear out the jaw and cause it to feel constantly tense, even while you’re sleeping or trying to relax.

Causes of TMD

While there isn’t a single definitive cause of TMD, cases are usually the result of excessive stress on the jaw muscle. Patients can experience a wide range of symptoms depending on their circumstances, but treatment is usually focused on relieving jaw strain.

Other proven causes of TMD include:

  • Damaged disk or cartilage
  • Gradual teeth erosion
  • Teeth grinding or clenching during sleep
  • Muscle or joint damage due to past injury
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Joint conditions including arthritis

If you experience any discomfort in your jaw, it’s important to visit a qualified dentist such as Dr. Gabriel to receive proper treatment and avoid potentially worse TMD symptoms.

Symptoms of TMD

It’s important to identify your TMD symptoms and not write them off as normal facial pain. If you are suffering from the following issues, reach out to our Wexford office to schedule an initial consultation. Thankfully, Dr. Gabriel can relieve your pain through TMJ therapy.

  • Head, neck, shoulder, or jaw pain
  • Jaw stiffness or a popping sensation
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism) during sleep
  • A ringing (tinnitus) or aching in your ears
  • Worn down or fractured teeth
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Restlessness at night

Do any of these symptoms sound familiar? Dr. Gabriel can help determine the cause of your issues and find a treatment plan that works for you. Call (724) 935-2100 to learn more.

TMD Treatment Options

Dental Appliances

Custom-made oral appliances or bite splints can alleviate the pain caused by TMD. While they won’t fix your jaw issue, these non-invasive devices are a great first step towards relief. Typical oral appliances include mouthguards, which you’ll wear while sleeping. Dr. Gabriel will work with you to find the source of your TMD, but relieving your pain comes first.

Non-Invasive Therapy

Physical therapy and daily jaw exercises can help relieve your TMJ pain and improve the health of your jaw muscles. Specific routines can stretch and strengthen your jaw to provide greater mobility and remedy any discomfort. If done consistently, these therapies can help relax the jaw and promote healing of the muscles.

Relaxation Techniques and Injections

Clenching and grinding your teeth during sleep can be the result of stress in your life. Learning to relax your facial muscles can save you from future pain and additional oral health problems. Relaxation can be achieved with lifestyle changes such as meditation and jaw exercises. Dr. Gabriel can also refer you to a professional who can inject your jaws with Botox® or a similar product to relax your muscles and increase movement.

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