TMJ / TMD


TMJ Pain Relief From Tilghman Orthodontics

As your trusted Sussex County orthodontist, we at Tilghman Orthodontics are proud to provide expert orthodontic care and treatments for patients of all ages. Whether you are looking to correct cosmetic issues through braces or Invisalign, or need help with jaw pain or another issue, we are committed to providing you with the highest quality care for a healthy, beautiful smile.

About The TMJ

Tilghman Orthodontics can help relieve patients who have TMJ pain.

The “Temporomandibular Joint,” more commonly referred to as the “jaw joint,” assists in the basic opening and closing movements of the jaw. Unfortunately, this joint is a common area for recurring pain. While many people believe that a “popping” sounds in the jaw indicates a TMJ dysfunction, this is not always true. Many times, the jaw is functioning properly even if a “popping” sound is present when chewing or talking. However, jaw popping may indicate a possible TMJ problem, which is why it’s important to see your Sussex county orthodontist for an exam if you experience jaw popping. Keep reading for other TMJ symptoms.

TMJ Symptoms

Common TMJ symptoms include:

  • Jaw pain or tenderness
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Pain while chewing
  • Difficulty opening or closing the mouth (locked joint)
  • Facial ache or pain
  • Pain around the ear area
  • Headache
  • Muscle spasms
  • Clicking of the jaw

TMJ Treatment

At Tilghman Orthodontics, we offer a TMJ exam that evaluates the joint tissue in the “hinge” of the jaw. Possible problems include swelling, deterioration of the joint tissue or damaged joint tissue, which cushions the jaw bones during the opening and closing movement of the mouth. Depending on the severity of the TMJ/TMD symptoms, treatment options will vary. After a thorough examination, your doctor will determine the best treatment option for you. Effective treatments may include:

  • practicing certain exercises with your jaw
  • practicing stress management techniques
  • eating a special diet
  • using a splint or night guard to promote muscle relaxation
  • applying hot and cold compresses for TMJ pain relief
  • bite correction surgery

Book An Appointment With Us Today

Tilghman Orthodontics is dedicated to helping our patients achieve optimal oral health through a variety of expert services. If you are experiencing any of the above TMJ symptoms, we encourage you to book an appointment with us today or contact us with any questions related to TMJ pain relief. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile!