- October 7, 2013
When you come to the dentist’s office, you’re probably used to hearing about all sorts of potential issues that can affect your teeth and gums, from cavities to periodontal disease to enamel stains. Did you know, though, that one of the worst oral health conditions directly affects an area of the face you may have never heard of before?
These areas are referred to as temporomandibular joints (also called TMJs), and although they may be small, they serve a very crucial purpose: connecting your lower jaw to your skull. Having such a big responsibility, though, means that even slight misalignments can lead to a number of unpleasant and even outright debilitating effects. Thankfully, Dr. DiGiallorenzo takes the threat of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) very seriously, and patients from Philadelphia and beyond can find the variety of treatments they need and deserve at our ollegeville and Williamsport offices.
How do I know if I’m suffering from TMD?
Common symptoms of TMD include:
- Constant pain the neck, shoulders, and back
- Clicking or popping jaw
- Difficulty with chewing or biting
- Difficulty with moving one’s jaw freely
How can you help me?
Your TMD treatment under Dr. DiGiallorenzo will begin with a thorough consultation, where our team will rely on several different techniques and tools to ensure we gather the most detailed information possible, including a bite evaluation, neuromuscular evaluation, and thermography.
Once we’ve been made well-aware of your unique needs and concerns, we can recommend a treatment method. Most patients benefit from a orthotic appliance that is worn while sleeping; others can find relief through nutritional supplements, vapor coolant sprays, or massage therapy. By employing a whole host of effective therapies, we’ll be sure to find the one that best relieves your pain and helps you smile bigger than ever before.
Contact either our Collegeville or Williamsport office today to schedule an appointment! Dr. DiGiallorenzo is committed to providing patients from all walks of life with transformative, wholesome care that puts their comfort first. We’re happy to serve the Philadelphia area and beyond!