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Non-Invasive TMJ Therapy

March 20, 2015

Filed under: Dental Services — Tags: , , , , , — S. John salivonchik @ 7:26 pm

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder can be an absolutely crippling, painful problem that can seriously affect your day to day routine. Although the disorder does not get much media attention, and it may not be as well known as other dental issues, more than 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ-related pain. That is a staggering number of people who feel the pain and suffering from this treatable condition. So, how do you know if you deal with this disorder? What steps can you take to treat it?

What Causes TMJ and What Are the Symptoms?

Though the origin of the disorder is still unknown, many dentists believe the issues arise when the two small joints in front of the ears experience some sort of malfunction. These joints control the opening and closing of your jaw, but when disturbed by physical injury, bite misalignment, any aggressive stress, or excessive grinding of the teeth, the joints and the surrounding muscles become over-stimulated, which causes tremendous pain.

There are various symptoms that overtake the face and body when TMJ becomes a problem, including chronic headaches, unexplained facial, neck, shoulder, jaw, or lower back pain, popping jaw, bruxism, inability to fully open or close your mouth, chronic ear aches, and tingling in the hands or fingers.

Is There an Effective Treatment?

166637352Dr. Salivonchik, head of Lehigh Valley Dental Health, has years of experience evaluating and treating this condition. In order to effectively treat your issue, he will perform a comprehensive examination of your head, neck, mouth, and jaw to properly isolate and treat the source. He will then create a custom oral appliance, or nightguard, to fit comfortably within your mouth to relax the stressed jaw muscles and relax the mouth. The appliance will ease the tension and correct the displacement experienced, decreasing the pain and eliminating the problem altogether. A three-month regimen of nightly oral appliance is required to rid the distress.

I Really Need Help Getting Rid of My TMJ.

TMJ is a persistent problem and one that should be fixed immediately. If you are experiencing these symptoms, or if you feel that this is a growing issue for you, contact our offices as soon as possible and schedule a consultation for TMJ therapy. Our practice, located in Lehigh Valley, PA, happily serves Coplay, Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, The Poconos, and the surrounding areas.

Experience Relief with TMJ Therapy

February 27, 2014

TMJMillions of Americans experience TMJ disorderTMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. These joints are located underneath the ears and help us open and close our mouths smoothly.

Pain occurs when one or both of these joints malfunction. What causes them to malfunction? That can vary. Sometimes it’s physical or emotional stress, but a misaligned bite or an injury can also contribute. Other symptoms of TMJ disorder include:

  • A jaw that pops or clicks
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Inability to fully open or close the mouth
  • Chronic earaches

Effective Treatment with Oral Appliance Therapy

Dr. Salivonchik uses oral appliance therapy to relieve uncomfortable symptoms. This effective treatment method uses a custom-made mouthpiece that fits over teeth and holds the jaw forward slightly. This action releases tension in the jaw and gives stressed muscles a chance to relax, easing pain as a result.

Do you want to find relief from TMJ pain? Call our Coplay, PA dental office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Salivonchik. Our entire team would be happy to help you. We offer TMJ therapy to patients from all around Lehigh Valley, including WhitehallAllentown, Bethlehem, Easton, The Poconos, and beyond.