We treat TMJ Patients from Chalfont, Montgomeryville, Doylestown, Warrington, Upper Gwynedd, Lower Gwynedd, Lansdale, Horsham, and surrounding.

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How can you tell if you have a TMJ Disorder?

  • When you wake up do you have stiff muscles or soreness around your jaws?
  • Are you clenching or grinding your teeth
  • Do you frequently get neck aches or headaches?
  • If you clench your teeth does the pain get worse?
  • When you stress does your clenching and pain get worse?
  • When you open your mouth can you feel and hear your jaw click, pop, grate, catch, or lock?
  • When you open your mouth, eat or yawn Is it difficult or painful?
  • Have you ever injured your neck, head or jaws?
  • Have you had problems with other joints such as arthritis ?
  • Do you have teeth that fail to touch when you bite?
  • Do your teeth meet differently from time to time?
  • Is it difficult to use your front teeth to tear and bite into food?
  • Do you have sensitive teeth, worn, loose or broken?
The more times you thought "yes," the above questions the more likely it is that you have a disorder related to TMJ. Understanding TMJ problems will also help you understand how TMJ disorders can be treated.

TMJ Treatment

There are numerous treatment options that can improve the balance and function of your jaw. Once an dental evaluation confirms a TMJ disorder, a treatment plan can be prescribed. It is important to note that treatment always works best with a combined approach of self-care accompanied with professional dental care. The first goals are to stop the muscle spasm and relieve joint pain. This is usually treated with a pain reliever, anti-inflammatory or muscle relaxant. Steroids can be injected directly into the joints to reduce pain and inflammation. Self-care treatments can often be effective as well and include:
  • Relaxing your jaw
  • Keeping your teeth separated when you are not eating or swallowing
  • Eating foods that are soft
  • Utilizing ice and heat
  • Jaw exercises
  • Ensuring proper posture
Various techniques used for stress management such as biofeedback or physical therapy may also be recommended, as well as a night guard. A night guard fits over your top or bottom teeth and helps keep your teeth separated, essentially relaxing the muscles and reducing pain. There are different types of appliances used for different purposes. A night guard helps you eliminate grinding or clenching your teeth and minimizes muscle tension at night and helps to protect the cartilage and joint surfaces. An anterior positioning appliance moves your jaw forward, alleviates pressure on parts of your jaw and helps in disk repositioning. It may be worn 24 hours/day to help your jaw heal. An orthotic stabilization appliance is worn 24 hours or just at night to move your jaw into the proper position. Appliances also help to protect from tooth wear.

What about bite correction surgery?

If you are diagnosed with a TMJ disorder that causes issues with how your teeth fit together, recommended treatment might include bite adjustment (equilibration), orthodontics with or without jaw reconstruction or restorative dentistry. Other options such surgery, arthroscopy, or open joint restructuring are reserved for very severe cases. Highpoint Dental Medicine considers TMJ surgery only when the jaw does not open, is dislocated, has severe degeneration, or the patient has undergone appliance treatment unsuccessfully

What you can expect from us:

  • A high degree of professional skill and ability.
  • Dedication to your oral health care.
  • Proper preventive care that minimizes costly reconstructive work.
  • Extra effort to make your visits as comfortable as possible.
  • The right treatment at the right time. Fees that are fair and just for the services provided.

Our Philosophy

We believe that open communication between patient, doctor and staff builds a solid foundation for quality care and service. We encourage you to become proactively involved in your treatment and look forward to answering any questions you may have. Please contact our office at 215-822-1866 or by e-mail at info@highpointdental.com any time you have a question regarding your dental care.

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