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By Dr. Jonathan Stone
May 31, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: TMJ   jaw pain  

The jaw is a sliding hinge joint, which allows for seamless movement when we open and close our mouths to speak, yawn, and chew jaw painfood (the building blocks of human life). Known as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the jaw, like any joint, is susceptible to inflammation and wear and tear that can cause pain, stiffness, clicking, and even locking. Pain can develop for a number of reasons, the most common being trauma or a prolonged teeth grinding habit. When pain and stiffness in the jaw persist over a period of time, along with clicking, popping, or locking when trying to open and close the mouth, it can be a sign of Temporomandibular disorders (TMD).

TMJ Symptoms and Treatment in Wayne, PA

An occasional click or crack of the jaw from time to time without other lasting symptoms is most likely not a sign of TMJ/TMD. Dr. Jonathan D. Stone, your Wayne, PA based dentist, treats TMD associated chronic jaw pain, and advises patients to pay attention to symptoms and pain that do not resolve on their own, such as:

  • Pain/stiffness in the jaw
  • Pain/ache in the ear
  • Pain/discomfort while chewing
  • Facial aches and pains
  • Clicking, popping, locking of the jaw

In most cases, conservative treatments can help to relieve the underlying causes of strain and stress to the jaw. Chronic teeth grinders may benefit from behavior modification techniques to help alleviate stress, or dental treatment like night guards or orthodontics for significant misalignment of the teeth. Dental restorations like crowns and bridges are also sometimes sufficient to ease stress on the jaw.

Contact your Dentist in Wayne, PA

If you are experiencing persistent pain, stiffness, and locking of the jaw, you may be suffering from TMD. For a precise diagnosis and more information on treatment options, contact Dr. Jonathan D. Stone by calling (610) 687-0505 to schedule an appointment today.

By Jonathan D. Stone, D.M.D.
February 26, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: TMJ  

If you experience jaw pains that don’t seem to go away, it may be that you are struggling with what is called TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. This is a chronic condition that can make it difficult to eat, talk, or even smile. Learn more about the causes of TMJ disorder and how it can be resolved at Dr. Jonathan Stone’s dental practice in Wayne. TMJ

What Is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder is chronic jaw pain and discomfort that sources from the joint that connects the jaw bone to the skull. If you’re not sure if your issue is TMJ, here are a few of the symptoms to look for:

  • Clicking noise that happens when you move your jaws open and closed. In some cases you are the only one who can hear it, but in more severe cases others can hear it too.
  • Muscle pain and inflammation—if you feel a burning sensation in your cheeks, this could be an indication of a TMJ problem.
  • Pain in the joints—people who struggle with TMJ disorder sometimes feel an arthritic pain on the sides of the face that often get worse when chewing or talking.


If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, see Dr. Stone at his office in Wayne as soon as possible for a solution.

What Causes TMJ?
Many people are curious about what causes TMJ. Experts aren’t completely sure, but most believe that it is caused by genetics and the symptoms of aging. It may also be a result of clenching the teeth often or opening your mouth too wide. Patients who have high stress levels also sometimes experience TMJ.

TMJ Solutions
There are solutions available for patients who have problems with TMJ. The first course of treatment is to ice or apply heat to the area that’s causing pain. Taking NSAID medication can also help relieve the discomfort. Getting braces to adjust the jaw or tooth replacements can also help.

Talk to Dr. Stone
Dr. Jonathan Stone is a trusted Wayne, PA dentist who has been providing dental care for over 20 years. You don’t have to continue to struggle with TMJ disorder—call his office at (610) 687-0505 to set up a consultation appointment!

By Jonathan D. Stone, D.M.D.
May 16, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: TMJ   Wayne  
TMJ Treatments WayneWhat was once a stable bite is now changing due to missing teeth. In the situation in which you lose a tooth, or multiple teeth, it can cause TMJ problems.  When TMJ problems are apparent, you can develop headaches and other forms of discomfort.  To minimize the possibility of problems, your missing teeth should be replaced immediately.  However, if trouble has already set in, then it is important to seek treatment for your TMJ complications from our dentist in Wayne.
 

What is Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder?

The temporomandibular joints are the points at which the lower jaw attaches to the skull, and are among the most complex joints in the human body.  If your jaw clicks or pops, this could be a sign of TMJ disorder.  Joint sound is one of the most recognized signs of TMJ disorders.  TMJ symptoms include:
 
  • Clicking and/or difficulty when opening and closing your mouth
  • Frequent headaches
  • Neck and/or shoulder pain
  • Sensitive teeth when no dental problems can be found
  • Jaw pain or stiff jaw when chewing, biting, eating or yawning
  • Earaches without an infection
Between five and ten percent of Americans suffer from TMJ symptoms that require some form of treatment. By visiting our office, we can help our patients in Wayne find TMJ pain relief with proper treatment.
 

Remember to Eat Properly

We live in a fast-paced world in which many of us are eating in a hurry, taking giant bites of food, just so we can hurry onto the next task.  According to the Academy of General Dentistry, taking bites that are too big to chew properly could be bad for your jaw and teeth.
 
Those with temporomandibular joint disorder are at particular risk because it can restrict the range of an acceptable bite size.  Taking too large of bites of food can aggravate their condition.  You should always avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels and opening nuts with your teeth, as it can lead to the chipping and breakage of natural teeth and other dental restorations. 
 

Stressed Out? We can tell

Do you have too many things on your “to-do” list and not enough time to do it?  It is important to take a deep breath and stay calm when performing stressful tasks.  According to the Academy of General Dentistry, when a situation causes stress, many people grind or clench their teeth, which can eventually lead to temporomandibular joint disorder.
 
When you experience many stressful situations, you may exhibit symptoms such as tightened jaw muscles without realizing it.  Over short periods of time, this habit is not detrimental, but long periods of time will prove to be problematic.  Prolonged grinding or clenching of your teeth while stressed can cause soreness of the jaw, as well as partial or full locking of the jaw.  In addition you may exhibit clicking in the jaw area, earaches that are not caused by infections and pain surrounding your temples. 
 
At the end of the day, if your jaw hurts or your head is still pounding, you may be exhibiting TMJ symptoms in Wayne.  Talk to your physician and call our office to ensure that there is no serious problem if your pain continues for several days.


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