TMJ Pain Relief From Tilghman Orthodontics
As your trusted orthodontist, our Tilghman Orthodontics team provides expert orthodontic care and treatments for patients of all ages.
If you need help with jaw pain, chewing, or speaking, you’ll find the highest quality care for a healthy smile and a better night’s sleep.
About the TMJ/TMD
The Temporomandibular Joint, more commonly referred to as the jaw joint, assists in the opening and closing movements of the jaw. Unfortunately, this joint is a common area for recurring pain.
While many believe that a “popping” sound in the jaw indicates a TMJ dysfunction, this is not always true. The jaw often functions correctly, even if a “popping” sound is present when chewing or talking.
However, jaw popping may indicate a possible TMJ problem, so it’s important to see your orthodontists Dr. Tilghman and Dr. Schwartz for an exam if you experience jaw popping.
Common TMD symptoms include:
- Jaw pain or tenderness
- Difficulty chewing
- Pain while chewing
- Difficulty opening or closing the mouth (locked joint)
- Facial ache or pain
- Pain around the ear area
- Muscle spasms
- Clicking of the jaw
At Tilghman Orthodontics, we offer a TMJ exam that evaluates the joint tissue in the “hinge” of the jaw.
Possible problems include swelling, deterioration of the joint tissue, or damaged joint tissue, which cushions the jaw bones during the opening and closing movement of the mouth.
Treatment options will vary depending on the severity of the TMJ/TMD symptoms. After a thorough examination, your doctor will determine your best treatment option. Effective treatments may include:
- Practicing certain exercises with your jaw
- Practicing stress management techniques
- Eating a special diet
- Using a splint or night guard to promote muscle relaxation
- Applying hot and cold compresses for TMJ pain relief
- Bite correction surgery
- Massage Surgery
Book an Appointment With Us Today
Tilghman Orthodontics is dedicated to helping our patients achieve optimal oral health through expert services.
If you are experiencing any of the above TMJ symptoms, we encourage you to book an appointment with us today or contact us with any questions related to TMJ pain relief.
We look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve a pain-free life!