TMJ/TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) affects many people. The temporomandibular joint is located at the back of the jaw and it allows your mouth to open and close and move forward, backward, and side to side, as well. Along with the muscles and ligaments which connect to the skull, this efficient system allows you to speak, eat and of course, to swallow. The diagnosis and treatment of TMJ are handled by dentists. Dr. Jason Petkevis is a Chester Springs, PA dentist who is well suited to treat this condition and the associated dental ailments, thus stopping the progression of TMJ.
When a person is diagnosed with TMJ disorder, it means that there is a disruption in the delicate ball and socket system that makes up the jaw. As with many joints in the body, the TMJ on each side of the jaw is made up of a ball and socket. This ball and socket also has a disc of sponge-like cartilage which acts as a cushion and allows the jaw to function properly.
A few causes of TMJ disorders:
- Stress related grinding of the teeth
- Dislocation of the jaw
- Misalignment of the jaw
Dr. Petkevis will do a thorough exam of your mouth and jaw looking for signs and symptoms of TMJ; tenderness, pain, stiffness and in some cases “popping” or clicking. For severe cases, Dr. Petkovis may refer you to a dental surgeon who can provide additional treatment which may include surgery.
Treatment for TMD
Many cases of TMJ can be treated by the patient themselves with some simple lifestyle changes:
- Reducing stress
- Learning relaxation techniques such as meditation or even biofeedback
- Avoiding tough or “chewy” foods (including chewing gum)
- Don’t bite nails
- Using a heating pad on the affected area
For more severe symptoms of TMJ, Dr. Petkevis may recommend one or more of the following treatments:
- To reduce the grinding/clenching of teeth a mouth guard or bite-plate may be recommended
- Medications to reduce anxiety
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Jaw strengthening exercises
In rare cases, you treatment may include orthodontics (braces) or just adjusting ro reshaping some of your teeth. Depending on your condition, Dr. Petkevis will recommend the most appropriate treatment for your TMJ.
TMJ Treatment in Chester, PA
If you think you are suffering from TMJ, please contact our office at 610-400-1459 for a consultation. We are a full service dentistry office including dental cleanings and the treatment of many other dental ailments. Please contact us today.