The TMJ, or temporo-mandibular joint, is the point at which the lower jaw meets the skull and is located directly in front of the ear.
This joint is one of the more complex and powerful joints in the human body and is prone to problems that are announced through discomfort and popping in the jaw. Known as TMJ Disorder or TMD, malfunction of this joint affects millions of Americans every year. Though the causes of TMJ disorder vary from person to person, there are a number of effective treatments. Treatments for problems with the TMJ at our practice are typically non-invasive and painless. Often TMJ problems are solved with slight lifestyle changes. Though surgical treatment for complications of TMJ is available, our Philadelphia dentists will attempt to alleviate TMD with lifestyle recommendations or bite appliances before pursuing a surgical solution.
Migraines & Headaches
Many do not realize it, but headaches are often rooted in problems with the jaw and teeth. Many cases of headaches and migraines have been effectively treated at our practice. Approximately 13 percent of the population is believed to experience migraines. For a large number of these sufferers, clenching and unclenching the jaw as they sleep can lead to migraines and headaches. Our dentists can prescribe a special device to relieve the migraines and headaches of our patients. You can easily be fitted with a night guard that can help eliminate migraines and headaches by reducing unconscious clenching of the jaw.