TMJ Therapy – Ephrata, PA
Bringing the Comfort Back to Your Smile
If you’re used to jaw pain, you may be too familiar with the headaches and discomfort it can cause. TMJ disorder, a problem that can often go undiagnosed, is a pain that occurs in your temporomandibular joints. These are the joints that connect your jaw to your skull, allowing for speaking, eating, and laughing. Unfortunately, TMJ disorder can cause these joints serious pain. That’s why we provide expert TMJ treatment. Contact our office today to get started.
What is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder is a chronic pain condition in the jaw that affects around 10 million Americans. Although it is more common among younger people, this disorder can happen at any age. This disorder of the temporomandibular joint can cause recurring pain in your jaw, difficulty opening and closing your mouth, and numerous other issues. Your TMJ joint is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull on each side of your face. When it is inflamed or irritated, it can cause pain and dysfunction of your jaw joint and its movement.
What Causes TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder can be caused by past injuries to your jaw, misaligned or poorly aligned bite, arthritis, and bruxism (grinding of teeth). No matter what causes your disorder, the symptoms and pain are the same. Without receiving treatment, TMJ disorder can impact your quality of life and day-to-day activities like chewing and speaking. While the pain that it causes is reason enough for treatment, most patients begin to seek help when the disorder starts to affect their daily routine.
Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
No matter what causes your TMJ disorder, you will usually experience some of these common symptoms:
- Chronic and persistent headaches
- Jaw pain, swelling, or tenderness
- Jaw locks in open or closed positions
- Clicking or popping sound when opening your mouth
- Head, neck, back, or shoulder pain
- Grinding of teeth
- Facial pain
- Pain in your ears
If you notice any of these symptoms, contact our office right away. Our team of expert dentists can treat TMJ disorder effectively and noninvasively to bring comfort back to your face and jaw.
How Can Botox Help with TMJ/TMD?
When you think of Botox, you’re probably thinking about its use for removing wrinkles and providing more youthful appearances. However, our dental team now uses Botox as an alternative to treat TMJ disorder. We inject Botox into the facial muscles that are affected with pain and soreness to provide relief for many patients. These Botox injections often eliminate problematic symptoms like teeth grinding, persistent headaches, and overall pain. In some cases, Botox can even be used to minimize problems with lock jaw.