Do you find yourself clenching your teeth when under stress? Are you waking up with frequent headaches? Receive TMJ treatment in Ardmore, PA today. TMJ disorders are caused by stress or injury to the temporomandibular joints (TMJ). These joints, which aid in speaking and chewing, can cause pain and dysfunction. Dr. Jeffrey Bellisario provides restorative dental care to stop damage caused by TMJ disorders. He can stop painful and damaging symptoms that affect the health of the entire smile.
Signs of TMJ Disorders
There are multiple symptoms of TMJ disorders, including:
- Teeth clenching and grinding (Bruxism)
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Earaches and facial pain
- Jaw clicking and popping
- Pain when biting and chewing
Call us if you notice any of these symptoms. At first, signs of TMD may occur unconsciously. In stressful situations or even at night, patients may clench and grind their teeth. If there are changes in your bite or you find that your jaw pops or clicks when chewing, contact our office. Our dentists can find the right option to reverse your TMD symptoms.
Common TMJ Treatments
We will often recommend physical therapy for patients with TMJ disorders. During physical therapy, patients learn the best exercises for their face, jaw, arms, and shoulders. Posture and tension in the back, arms, and shoulders can worsen TMJ symptoms.
A nightguard is a great option for patients who clench and grind their teeth. This custom-made oral appliance is typically worn at night to stop bruxism at the source. Wearing a nightguard prevents further tooth wear and pain. It also alleviates pressure on the jaw muscles and joints.
For patients with tooth damage or wear due to TMJ disorders, we may recommend dental crowns, porcelain veneers, or dental bonding treatment. These cosmetic and restorative treatments add structure to chipped and cracked teeth. They may also be used to protect weakened teeth or teeth worn by continuous grinding and clenching.
Contact Our Dental Office
Do you think you may have a TMJ disorder? Request a dental consultation with Dr. Bellisario on our website. You can also call (610) 839-8967. Please let us know if you have any questions about your treatment and we can help!