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In the Know: TMJ

Do you suffer from jaw pain, especially when biting or chewing? You may have TMJ. Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) are conditions characterized by pain in the joints and muscles in the jaw and surrounding areas. It is important to get effective and professional treatment before symptoms of the condition worsen.

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Causes of TMJ

There are multiple possible causes of TMJ. Some include:

  • Misaligned teeth
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Excessive gum chewing
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)

There are also tell-tale symptoms of TMJ to look out for before seeking treatment.

Symptoms of TMJ

Look for the signs of TMJ before consulting with Dr. Shulman. Some symptoms of TMJ can include:

  • Chronic migraines
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Jaw pain
  • Neck pain
  • Tooth wear
  • Teeth clenching
  • Teeth grinding
  • Chronic earaches
  • Jaw popping or clicking
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Back or shoulder pain

If you have noticed any of these signs, call Dr. Shulman’s Philadelphia office at (215) 372-1142. He will be happy to help you find a solution.

Treating TMJ

Patients who suffer from orofacial pain and TMJ disorders often suffer from malocclusion or a misaligned bite. If left untreated, malocclusion can lead to problems including facial pain and tooth wear. Dr. Shulman can perform a bite analysis to look for signs and symptoms of malocclusion. A professional bite analysis measures the timing and force of the bite to see where it may be imbalanced.

Oral appliance or splint therapy can provide effective treatment for TMJ disorders. Dr. Shulman uses NTI-tss Plus™, an oral appliance that fits over your front teeth and can be worn during sleep. The appliance can be worn on either your upper or lower teeth. It is made using a safe, non-toxic thermoplastic and does not contain Bisphenol A. This solution not only alleviates jaw pain but minimizes wear and tear from teeth clenching and grinding caused by TMJ disorders.

The NTI-tss Plus™ offers many benefits to patients. The device is smaller and less bulky than other commonly used oral appliances. The device also diminishes muscle contractions in the head and face which are often the cause of chronic headaches and migraines. It also reduces clenching by not allowing the canine or back teeth to touch. Additionally, in a clinical trial, 82% of NTI-tss users experienced a 77% reduction in migraine events with no medical side effects.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Call Dr. Shulman’s Philadelphia office for comprehensive TMJ treatment today at (215) 372-1142. You can also schedule an appointment with Dr. Shulman online.