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TMJ Treatment

Ways to Alleviate Pain and Improve Jaw Health in New Oxford and Abbottstown


Do you have pain in your jaw, especially when you open or close your mouth, chew, talk or yawn? Does your jaw “pop” or make clicking sounds? If so, you may be suffering from TMJ disorder, which results from problems with the temporomandibular joint, the hinge-like part of your jaw that connects to your skull. Relief can often be achieved with a mouthpiece, referred to as splint therapy, or small changes to your bite.

TMJ problems are different for everyone, which is why an evaluation by a trained dentist is critical to treatment.

Not everyone who suffers from TMJ dysfunction experiences pain, since misalignment can still be present even without regular discomfort.

Symptoms of TMJ disorder can be painful, and may be either temporary or last for many years. Common symptoms include:

These symptoms are not exclusive to TMJ disorder, so it’s important to have the dentist properly evaluate your jaw function and TM joint to ensure it’s working correctly. If a problem with the TM joint is determined to be the cause of your discomfort, we may recommend splint therapy.

Do you have pain in the joints of your jaw? Are grinding and popping sounds common when you use your jaw? Ask us for a TMJ evaluation and get on the way to relief.

Splint

A splint is an orthotic appliance that can help ease the symptoms of TMJ disorder. Similar to a mouthguard, splints are custom-made to fit over either the top or bottom set of teeth. They are made of hard, clear plastic and help to position the jaw correctly according to centric relation. Splints are removable, and, depending on the dentist’s orders, are either worn only at night or throughout the day. Splint therapy allows your jaws to relax in a stable, balanced position, which reduces stress and discomfort on the temporomandibular joint.

Centric Relation

Your jaw has a specific position that allows the teeth, muscles and joints to work together comfortably. This position, referred to as centric relation, reduces stress on all of these areas and allows for the most comfortable and healthy function. Utilizing this approach we can reduce or eliminate TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problems and provide stability for dental treatment that you may need.