TMJ Treatment Services in Gibsonia, PA

TMJ stands for temporal-mandibular joint — temporal, as in temple area of skull; mandibular as in mandible, or lower jaw. This joint is where the head and jaw meet. Problems in this joint may be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, trauma, or excess muscle tension. Aside from the two bones that meet there, cartilage buffers them and five muscles are involved in the area. If something goes wrong a good deal of trouble can result. Problems in this area can cause:
  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Trouble/soreness opening and closing the mouth
  • Clicking or popping of the jaw
  • Pain in the jaw muscles
  • Soreness in the area, sometimes extending to the face
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Dental treatments for the condition can include removable appliances, replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite, filling gaps between teeth, etc. There is no one solution that is right for all cases. Sometimes a plastic mouthpiece is used to prevent clenching or grinding that is contributing to the problem or to realign the bite. TMJ can be very discomforting if left untreated. Prolonged teeth grinding, or bruxism, causes enamel to wear off the teeth and expose dentin. This material is softer than enamel and more susceptible to decay. Sensitivity to hot and cold food or drinks may also develop from excessive teeth grinding. If you suspect you may have TMJ, come in for a consultation.