February 27, 2014
Millions of Americans experience TMJ disorder. TMJ 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 Whitehall, Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, The Poconos, and beyond.
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