TMJ Therapy – Doylestown, PA
Solutions for Jaw Pain & Headaches
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that over 10 million Americans are affected by TMJ disorder, or TMD, which usually refers to constant pain and inhibited function in the jaw. This type of issue centers around the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which are the tiny joints located right below your ears. For patients who experience chronic stiffness in their jaw and/or frequent headaches, Dr. Lewis can get to the root of the problem and treat it to quickly give patients the relief they need. If you think you might be suffering from a TMD, contact us today for TMJ therapy in Doylestown.
Why Choose Perfect Smiles of Doylestown for TMJ/TMD Therapy?
- Dentist with More than 30 Years of Experience
- Appointments Always Start on Time
- Exceptional Service Provided by Friendly Team
Diagnosis & Treatment
In most cases, a TMD is the result of stress, an injury, arthritis, or a misaligned bite that is placing uneven pressure on the jaw joint. The exact reason a patient is experiencing problems will help Dr. Lewis determine the appropriate treatment. He can take X-rays of the joint and perform mobility tests and then recommend a care plan that will help restore a patient’s jaw function while relieving any discomfort.
Factors like broken and missing teeth can often throw off the balance of the bite, placing the jaw joint in an awkward position that creates tension and pain in the nearby muscles and ligaments. An equilibration serves to correct this imbalance by properly aligning the bite and helping the jaw joint reach its natural resting position. This can be accomplished by restoring teeth, replacing teeth, and even slightly reshaping a few key teeth to help the upper and lower rows come together properly.
An occlusal splint is a type of oral appliance that a patient wears to bed, and it works by slightly shifting the lower jaw in order to take pressure off of the muscles and nerves of the joint, which allows them to naturally relax and heal. These splints can also prevent nighttime teeth grinding, another big trigger for TMD. After a few months of consistent use, the jaw will adapt to this new position, so a patient should be able to go throughout their day symptom-free.