TMJ/TMD Treatment – Pittsburgh, PA
Stop Your Chronic Jaw & Head Pain
Millions of Americans are dealing with constant jaw pain and chronic headaches, and many have no clue that it’s stemming from a strained or injured temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. This is the joint that connects the jaw to the skull, and problems with the muscles, bones, or ligaments can lead to a TMJ disorder, or TMD. At Warwick Dentistry, both of our dentists are able to get to the root cause of TMJ issues and provide therapies designed to relieve pain and improve jaw function at the same time. Give us a call today to learn more and schedule a consultation.
Why Choose Warwick Dentistry for TMJ/TMD Treatment?
- Both Dentists are Trained in Neuromuscular Dentistry
- Custom-Splints Relieve Jaw Pain & Stop Teeth Grinding
- State-of-the-Art Technology Guarantees Great Results
Diagnosis & Treatment
A TMD can have many causes, but some of the most common include:
- Unconscious teeth grinding during sleep (bruxism)
- Missing teeth that cause a misaligned bite
- An injury to the joint
Each of these places stress on the TMJ which can lead to muscle tension and pain that radiates throughout the face, head, and neck. Our team will use X-rays to examine the joint directly and determine what is causing a patient’s problem. From there, the appropriate treatment can be recommended.
TekScan Bite Analysis
When diagnosing a bite problem, it’s important to identify any imbalances that are placing excessive pressure on certain teeth. Our office uses Tekscan technology, which comes in the form of a handheld device that the patient can bite down. This creates highly detailed digital readings of their biting force along the entire mouth, making it easy to pinpoint dysfunctional areas and formulate a highly personalized treatment plan.
Joint Vibration Analysis
If you’re struggling with TMJ disorder, our team may recommend undergoing Joint Vibration Analysis. Jaw joint vibration occurs when the cartilage disc that cushions the TMJ becomes caught between the jawbone as the mouth opens and closes. This is what causes the constant clicking and popping noises you hear throughout the day. For the analysis process, we will use a device that looks like headphones to pick up vibrations and also pinpoint their severity, which will help with planning future treatment. It only takes minutes!
The JT-3D (also known as a “Jaw Tracker”) is another important diagnostic tool for analyzing jaw movement in a new, dynamic way. The device rests on the patient’s head and captures very precise measurements without even causing uncomfortable contact with the nose, eyes, or mouth. We’ll be able to better understand what happens when the patient chews, speaks, and swallows, as well as what their overall range of motion is like.
This is a special type of mouthguard we would have a patient wear to bed if we determine that they grind their teeth while they sleep. Obvious signs of this include TMJ pain, flattened teeth, or a scalloped tongue (which is a pattern left on the tongue made by the teeth pressing against it). The NTI-TSS splint fits over the teeth and places a barrier between them so they can’t grind together, and it also shifts the jaw into a more relaxed position, relieving muscle tension, which should cause any jaw pain or headaches to eventually go away.