Jaw Disorders & TMJ Care
What is TMJ?
Keeping you healthy is our number one goal. You may often hear from us your oral health is directly connected to your overall health. The foundation of a healthy smile starts with a functioning, stable bite, and your bite heavily relies on your temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
Your TMJ is a small joint connecting your jaw to your lower skull. When that joint suffers a traumatic injury or becomes misaligned, you’ll experience TMJ disorder, creating painful symptoms. Under the expert care of Dr. Patel and our modern technology, we can identify the cause of TMJ disorder and get you out of pain.
Dr. Patel uses modern technology, such as a T-scan, to identify the cause of your TMJ. A few common causes include:
Many TMJ sufferers experience a combination of the following:
TMJ disorders are not always easy to diagnose but Dr. Mona Patel’s formula of experience, modern technology, and advanced training can help. She may recommend:
Your Abington dentist may recommend a bite guard or stabilization splint. These plastic guards help relieve common TMJ symptoms such as jaw pain and headaches by removing stress on the jaw.
If there are signs your TMJ is caused by improper jaw closure, we may pursue bite equilibration (equalizing your bite). This procedure involves Dr. Patel reshaping the biting surfaces of your teeth to enable your jaw to close properly.
Other Dental Services
On occasion, your misaligned bite or TMJ pain may be corrected with restorative or orthodontic services. If this is the case, our caring dentist will create a custom-made treatment plan and review the best options for you.
My experience at this dental office has been excellent. Dr. Patel and her staff, from the receptionist to the hygienists, are professional, knowledgeable and friendly. They go out of their way to make feel comfortable and to explain details of your care. The office is clean and the atmosphere is pleasant.
Pamela S. (Actual Patient)