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TMJ Therapy

Providing Relief From Chronic Jaw Pain

Chronic jaw pain can be debilitating. From frequent headaches to difficulty chewing and eating, a stiff and painful jaw can leave you begging for relief. Fortunately, Dr. Colleen Cain is experienced in providing TMJ Therapy in Castle Shannon. Addressing the dysfunction of the temporomandibular joints, patients can begin to experience better range of motion in their jaw and improved quality of life. If you’re tired of waking up and going to bed every day in severe pain, call our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cain, and get the relief you need today!

What is TMJ Disorder?

A woman holding her cheek and jaw in pain

TMJ is the acronym for temporomandibular joints, which are the small hinges on either side of your jaw and connect to your skull. When discussing the actual disorder associated with TMJ, most dentists use the acronym, TMD.

When the tissues and nerves behind your temporomandibular joints become inflamed, any amount of pressure can lead to pain in the joints and muscles of your jaw. With this extreme discomfort, you will find it to be more difficult to eat, speak, yawn, and even smile.

What Are the Symptoms of TMJ?

A man’s jaw

After a thorough examination of your oral cavity and facial structure, Dr. Cain will quickly be able to determine treatment for TMJ in Castle Shannon is right for you. However, prior to your appointment, you might be able to determine if TMJ is the reason for your pain if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain in your ears, temporomandibular joints, or general jawline
  • Severe facial pain
  • Your jaw begins to lock
  • Difficulty opening and closing your mouth, as well as eating and chewing
  • Chronic headaches
  • Stiff neck

How is TMJ Treated?

A woman clenching her teeth

When seeking treatment for TMJ, Dr. Cain can offer a variety of solutions, but the most common is an occlusal splint, also known as an oral appliance. Designed to look like a mouthguard, these small, compact devices are worn in your mouth. There are a wide array of oral appliances to choose from, but only after she has examined your individual case will she determine which type of splint is right for your needs.

These occlusal splints are designed to prevent your teeth from coming into contact with each other and keeping your jaw relaxed. Most are made from an acrylic resin and will guide your jaw in a way that encourages proper movement from side-to-side and front-to-back.

Many people who have TMJ also experience teeth grinding or even sleep apnea, so these devices can help to alleviate any wear and tear on your teeth, as well as improve your sleeping habits. They’re also beneficial in stopping migraine headaches!