TMJ Disorder Treatment
Many patients find relief from painful symptoms of (temporomandibular joint) TMJ disorder with the help of a qualified dentist. Dr. G.J. Palmieri in Lancaster, PA, can provide diagnosis and TMJ disorder treatment. Depending upon the underlying cause of the condition, Dr. Palmieri may prescribe oral appliance therapy or treatment for bite misalignment.
About TMJ Disorder
The healthy temporomandibular joint works as a hinge in the lower jaw, allowing smooth, multi-directional movement for eating and speech. Problems with this joint are common, and can cause chronic symptoms that tend to be aggravated by stress.
The symptoms of TMJ disorder can be painful and intrusive, including:
- Frequent headaches
- Radiating pain affecting the jaw, face, neck, shoulders, and ear
- Trouble chewing or opening the mouth fully
- Temporary locking of the jaw
- Noticeable clicking or popping sounds with movement
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
TMJ disorder can cause many symptoms you may not immediately associate with jaw issues.
There are many potential causes of TMJ disorder, including trauma to the joint, arthritis, stress-related habits, or misalignment of the teeth or jaw. In many cases, patients with TMJ disorder are also diagnosed with bruxism, or grinding and clenching of the teeth. This can strain facial muscles and joints, causing inflammation, pain, and muscle spasms.
Misalignment of the bite can also lead to TMJ disorder. When teeth do not meet comfortably, it creates strain on the joint as well as the muscles that surround it.
Dr. Palmieri can diagnose TMJ disorder and, depending upon the individual, he can often provide significant relief. For bruxism patients, Dr. Palmieri offers a custom mouthguard or nightguard. This oral appliance provides a barrier between upper and lower teeth, preventing damage and cushioning the jaw.
There are many potential causes of TMJ disorder, including trauma to the joint, arthritis, stress-related habits, or misalignment of the teeth or jaw.
We can also provide a custom mouthguard or splint specifically designed for TMJ patients with bite misalignment. The appliance helps adjust the bite and reposition the jaw, which can reduce strain on the joint. Some bite problems can be corrected with orthodontia, such Invisalign®.
In some cases, a tooth may need to be reshaped, or restorative dental work may be recommended. Patients who are missing teeth or have an ill-fitting dental appliance can sometimes develop or aggravate a problematic bite, affecting the jaw joint. Some patients find significant relief after discarding a failing appliance and receiving a new dental bridge or dentures.
During your TMJ consultation, Dr. Palmieri will assess your condition and provide a personalized recommendation. If he believes you may be better served with treatment from another specialist, you will receive a referral. His goal for every patient is optimal physical and oral health, and he will do all he can to assist you on the path to pain relief.
Whether you have been diagnosed with TMJ disorder or believe you may have the condition, Dr. Palmieri can help. Please contact us online today or call (717) 898-2228 to schedule an appointment.