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TMJ, TMD & Nightguards

TMJ/TMD/Nightguards for Brookhaven

At Crescent Dental Studio, we understand the importance of a functional and comfortable jaw. That’s why as part of our general dentistry services we offer specialized treatment for TMJ and TMD. Our experienced team of TMJ specialists in Brookhaven, PA, is trained to diagnose and treat these complex conditions to help alleviate pain, discomfort and other symptoms associated with TMJ and TMD.

What is TMJ and TMD?

TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint, it is the joint that connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull. TMD stands for Temporomandibular disorder, which refers to a group of conditions that affect the temporomandibular joint and the muscles that control jaw movement.

The TMJ is a hinge joint that allows the jaw to move up and down and side to side, allowing for activities such as talking, chewing, and yawning. The joint is supported by muscles, ligaments, and a disc that cushions the joint as it moves.

TMD occurs when there is an issue with the joint, the muscles, or the disc that results in pain, discomfort, or difficulty with jaw movement. Common symptoms of TMD include:

  • Headaches
  • Facial pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Neck pain
  • Earaches
  • Tinnitus
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Clicking or popping sound when opening the mouth
  • Discomfort or pain when eating or speaking

TMD can be caused by a variety of factors, such as injury to the jaw or joint, arthritis, teeth grinding or clenching, or stress. It is important to seek treatment as soon as possible to alleviate symptoms and prevent further complications.

Nightguards

TMD can be a complex and challenging condition to treat. That’s why our TMJ dentist in Brookhaven, PA, offers a variety of treatment options, including the use of custom-made nightguards. Nightguards are specially designed oral appliances that are worn during sleep to prevent the grinding and clenching of teeth.

Custom-made nightguards are an effective way to alleviate the symptoms of TMD and prevent further complications. They work by repositioning the jaw and creating a barrier between the upper and lower teeth, thus protecting the temporomandibular joint and the surrounding muscles and ligaments. Nightguards can also help to reduce the risk of tooth damage and tooth wear caused by teeth grinding.

It’s worth mentioning that nightguards are not only beneficial for those suffering from TMD. They can also be used to treat other conditions such as bruxism (teeth grinding) and TMJ-related headaches and migraines. Nightguards can help in reducing the symptoms and prevent the progression of these conditions.

Our team of dentists will take an impression of your teeth to create a custom-fit nightguard that is comfortable and easy to wear. With regular use, a nightguard can help to alleviate the symptoms of TMD and improve your overall oral health. We highly recommend considering a nightguard as an option for TMD treatment and for anyone who experiences teeth grinding or jaw clenching.

If you’re located near Aston, Glen Riddle, or Rose Valley, and are experiencing jaw-related issues, such as TMD or bruxism, we encourage you to contact us to schedule an appointment. Our TMD/TMJ dentist will work with you to diagnose the underlying cause of your jaw-related issues and develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs. Your Crescent Dental Studio team is always ready to hear from you.

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