Whether you believe it or not, the jaw isn’t a simple joint in our body. It is extremely complex and does so much more than open and close our mouths when we are eating, yawning, and so on. The jaw has the ability to move the mouth up, down, left, right, forward, and even backward. At the end of each side of the jawbone are joints called the temporomandibular joints (TMJ for short). These joints are made up of muscle, tendons, blood vessels, and other important parts of the body. Though this all may seem like a foreign language to you, the point is that a lot goes into having a balanced bite.
When it comes to TMJ disorder, somewhere in the bite, there is an imbalance which can lead to persistent jaw pain and other TMJ symptoms. You will experience pain when your bite is off-balance because your jaw is straining in attempt to a balanced, at-rest position. This strain can cause your jaw to ache on a daily basis. Though the symptoms may disappear some days, they eventually return. If you have jaw pain, it’s a good idea to compare your symptoms to common symptoms brought on by TMJ disorder. You may find that you suffer from many other TMJ symptoms beyond just jaw pain.
If you’re worried about your jaw pain, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Siegel. Using some of today’s most advanced dental technology and his years of experience, Dr. Siegel will be able to diagnose the source of your jaw pain and find the best strategy for treating your jaw pain if it is indeed caused by TMJ disorder.
Jaw Pain Treatment
Most jaw pain can be treated without drugs and without surgery. For TMJ-related jaw pain, we begin with TENS (transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation), a form of electric massage. This relaxes tense muscles that are often the sole cause of jaw pain.
Once your muscles have been relaxed, we can evaluate whether there are bite problems that may contribute to your jaw pain, and whether stabilizing the bite is recommended. If your bite is imbalanced, it can cause jaw pain to recur and worsen. Once we have evaluated the state of your bite, we may recommend an orthotic—sometimes called a bite splint—that you wear to hold your jaw in the proper position to reduce or eliminate jaw pain.
If your bite splint is working, but you want to achieve the same results without the need for an appliance, we can talk about changing your bite with reconstructive dentistry.
If you suffer from chronic jaw pain, and you live in the Philadelphia area, call us at (610) 272-0828 to make an appointment or request an appointment online. If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to call or email us.
Philadelphia TMJ Patient Testimonial
“I can’t believe that dental work could help me achieve a pain-free and drug-free life.
I would like to extend my gratitude to you and your staff. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your patience and kindness. I must tell your patients my story so they can learn how much you and your staff have helped me overcome serious pain and headaches. I can’t believe that dental work could help me achieve a pain-free and drug-free life.
My story is simple; I was in severe pain due to headaches, facial and neck pain. I had a feeling after being sent from doctor to doctor that my problem was dental. After seeing several top dentists and neurologists I was going around in circles. The pain had gotten so bad I could not drive or eat. I was put on so many medications I did not know where to turn. While I was on the computer I found your web site and it was a like a light went on. There was an explanation for my pain, TMJ and TMD. I called your office and your staff got me an appointment the next day.
I could not believe that every pain I had could be caused by my bite being off. This was the answer I was looking for. I must say Dr. Siegel was very professional and listened to my story with care and compassion. He was the only doctor I had been to that offered hope to my situation. Within several weeks I had a dental retainer that was designed to fit over my bottom teeth. . My headaches went away a week later. We decided a full mouth restoration would be the way to change my bite. We decided to use veneers over my teeth to open the bite and change the position of my jaw. I did the upper teeth first and then several months later I did the bottom teeth. I now have a beautiful smile and have no more pain.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart you were the only doctor who took my case and said I can help you. I placed all my trust with you and your staff. I can’t say how much you have changed my life for the better. I just wanted to let you know how much you have meant in my life and what a great doctor you are. If any of your patients ever need a reference please do not hesitate to call me!”
—Wendy Fischer, Philadelphia TMJ Patient
If you suffer from TMJ and you live in the Philadelphia area, call us at (610) 272-0828 to make an appointment or request an appointment online. Have TMJ questions? No problem. Just call or email us today.