TMJ

TMJ Treatment at Your Philadelphia Orthodontic Office

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At Moore Orthodontics we are interested in more than providing you with a straight smile, but also a healthy smile. Dr. Moore and his staff strive to provide each individual patient with the best care for their specific orthodontic case. We are proud to not only offer early treatment and adult treatment but other services such as jaw surgery and TMJ treatment.

More About TMJ

Did you know that over 40 million Americans suffer from Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD) at some point in their lives? TMD is a disorder that affects the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), or jaw joint," which can cause reoccurring debilitating pain in the jaw if left untreated or misdiagnosed.

The TMJ is the jaw joint that connects the mandible (lower jaw) to the temporal bone of the skull. It assists in the basic opening and closing movements of the jaw and is one of the most intricate joints in our bodies. Excessive stress placed on this joint can lead to inflammation, pain and ultimately TMD.

What Are The Warning Signs?

While the most common cause for TMD is misaligned teeth, other risk factors include: trauma to the jaw, stress, breathing problems and sinus problems. Some common symptoms include:

  • Persistent headaches and facial pain
  • Ringing in the ears/hearing loss
  • Stiff neck
  • Back aches
  • Eye pain/vision problems
  • Clicking/popping in the jaw joints
  • Limited ability to open the jaw
  • Pain when opening the jaw
  • Tooth grinding
  • Numbing in the fingers and hands

While these are some common symptoms for TMD, these symptoms may be a result of other conditions. Therefore, a thorough examination is recommended to receive an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

We Are Here To Help!

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). Common pain relievers and cold compresses can provide temporary relief for most cases of TMD.

For more serious cases of TMD, we will recommend alternate treatments. Often, we will suggest using a mouth guard to relieve teeth grinding. In some cases, we will instruct you to use orthodontic appliances or retainers to alleviate discomfort or redirect positioning of the TMJ joint. For the most severe cases of TMD, we may recommend certain invasive procedures.

Contact Our Mt. Airy Or Bala Cynwyd Location!

Dr. Moore and his friendly staff would like to take this opportunity to thank you for visiting our website to learn more about our premier practice. Should you have any further questions about our treatment options, TMJ or if you simply wish to book an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact one of our two conveniently located offices. We look forward to welcoming you into the Moore Orthodontics family!

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