TMJ Treatment in Wexford, PA

Does Your Jaw Pop?

Jaw popping can be normal, but it’s also a sign of a serious jaw issue. Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are located on both sides of your head and are responsible for the hinge movement of your jaw. When these joints are compromised, they can cause a slew of problems, including pain and jaw clicking.

Causes of TMJ Issues

There’s no one cause for TMJ problems. Rather, there is a range of symptoms that can have different causes — the common denominator is there are some common symptoms that affect the TMJ.

If the disk or cartilage that cushions your jaw joint bones is injured or moves out of place, you may develop TMD. The cartilage around your joints can also be affected by arthritis eroding it away. Damage can also be caused by an accident or injury, as well as by teeth grinding or clenching.

Symptoms of TMD

If you notice these symptoms, you may be having trouble with your TMJ:

  • Jaw popping or clicking
  • Pain in your head, jaw, and/or face
  • Aching ears
  • Difficulty opening or closing your mouth
  • Your teeth fit together differently than before

Does this sound familiar? Dr. Gabriel can help determine the cause of these issues and find a treatment plan that works. Simply call us at (724) 935-2100 to learn how he can help you.

Treatment for TMJ Issues

Dental Appliances

Bite splints are custom-made mouthguards that can alleviate the pain caused by TMJ issues. The appliance won’t fix your jaw issue, but it will be the first step towards your treatment. Dr. Gabriel will work with you to find the source of your TMD, but getting you out of immediate pain comes first.

Non-Invasive Therapy

Physical therapy and jaw exercises can help relieve pain and improve your jaw. Exercises can stretch and strengthen your jaw to provide greater mobility as well as relieve pain. They can also help you relax your jaw and promote healing.

Relaxation Techniques and Injections

Clenching and grinding your teeth can be a result of stress in your life. Learning how to relax your jaw can save you from pain and additional problems with your teeth. Relaxation can come in the form of lifestyle changes such as meditation and jaw exercises, or a professional can help by injecting Botox® or a similar substance that can relax your muscles and increase movement.

Frequently Asked Questions

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