Do you suffer from frequent headaches? Do your jaws hurt, click or feel tired?
Treating TMJ in Philadelphia
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jawbone to the skull. When pain develops around this joint and the surrounding muscles become tense, it can be the result of a TMJ disorder (TMD). There are millions of diagnosed cases of TMJ dysfunction in the U.S. each year. If left untreated, TMJ disorders can cause serious damage to the jaw joint, teeth and surrounding tissues.
Sometimes, TMJ pain may be alleviated with lifestyle changes and relaxation techniques for reducing tension in the jaw muscles. Exercising your jaw and neck area can also be helpful. However, if pain persists, an evaluation with Dr. Shulman is recommended to avoid the development of more complex problems or permanent damage.
Common Signs of TMJ
There are several signs of TMJ to look out for. Some common signs may 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
Do You Need a Bite Analysis?
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. Drew 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. This comprehensive diagnostic tool provides feedback for use on addressing a TMJ or bite disorder at the source for a more lasting and stable outcome.
How to Treat TMJ
Oral appliance or splint therapy can provide effective treatment for TMJ disorders. Dr. Shulman uses NTI-tss Plus™ technology for patients with TMJ disorders. The NTI-tss Plus™ is 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™ 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
Reduce the intensity of your orafacial pain and chewing discomfort. If you want to stop your teeth clenching and grinding at the source, contact our office today. Call Dr. Shulman at (215) 372-1142 for professional and comprehensive dental care.