TMJ Therapy – Lititz, PA
Find Relief from Persistent Jaw Pain
You might hear the term “TMJ” thrown around quite a bit, but most people don’t understand exactly what it means. They might think it refers to a medical problem, but in fact, TMJ simply stands for “temporomandibular joint” — the joint that connects the lower jaw to the rest of the skull. TMJ disorder (TMD), on the other hand, is a painful condition that affects the TMJ. If you’ve been experiencing persistent jaw pain, Dr. Moriarty and the rest of the team at Mor Smiles may be able to help you find relief.
What Exactly Is TMJ Disorder?
Basically, TMJ disorder is any condition that affects how well the TMJ operates. It may be related to muscle operation, tooth alignment, jaw alignment, or other factors. It is an extremely common condition. In fact, it affects an estimated 12 percent of the U.S. population at any given time. It occurs more frequently in women than in men, but both genders are susceptible to it.
What Causes TMJ Disorder?
In many cases, the exact cause of TMJ disorder remains a mystery. However, the following factors have been known to contribute to this condition:
- Misaligned teeth that affect a person’s bite
- Trauma or developmental conditions that affect the jaw
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Stress, which may lead to teeth grinding and muscle tension
- Excessive gum chewing
Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
Jaw pain is one of the telltale signs of TMJ disorder, but it often occurs alongside other symptoms. Some common indicators of problems with the TMJ include:
- Clicking or popping in the jaw
- The sensation of lockjaw
- Frequent headaches
- Neck pain
- Difficulty chewing
- Earaches or ringing in the ears
- Sensitive teeth that aren’t the result of an oral health condition
The above-listed symptoms are not the only possible indicators of TMJ disorder. In fact, the signs and symptoms of this condition are so varied that it is often misdiagnosed. If you suspect you have TMD, it would be wise to visit a dentist, such as the team at Mor Smiles, who has experience in dealing with TMJ issues.
How Can Botox Help with TMJ Disorder?
There are a number of ways to address TMD, and the best treatment often depends on what is causing the problem. For example, orthodontic treatment may be the ideal solution for individuals whose misaligned teeth are the culprit behind their pain. Other people may benefit the most from stress management techniques.
Many TMD sufferers have found relief through Botox TMJ therapy in Lititz. Botox is a special type of toxin that can paralyze some of the muscles that control the jaw, thereby stopping the unconscious movements that lead to TMJ pain. When Botox is administered by an expert, it is a very low-risk procedure that does not compromise jaw function.
Are you ready to find relief from your TMJ pain? Contact Mor Smiles to discover how our team of experts may be able to help you.