- October 20, 2014
Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ disorder, is a condition that affects the complex joints that connect the lower jaw to the cranium. These amazing joints are unlike any other in the human body, allowing you to open and close your mouth as well as move the jaw from side to side and from front to back. In the case of TMJ disorder, the joint is damaged to the point of severe pain and reduced functionality. These symptoms will not subside on their own; in order to find relief from TMJ pain, patients suffering from the condition must seek professional help. At LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania in Collegeville, PA and Williamsport, PA, Dr. David DiGiallorenzo and his team offer comprehensive TMJ disorder treatment in a way that suits your lifestyle.
Symptoms and Causes of TMJ Disorder
The precise cause of TMJ disorder varies from one patient to another, but the most common factors include traumatic injury to the joint itself, erosion of the cartilage disc within the TMJ, and displacement of the disc.
The most commonly cited symptoms of TMJ disorder include the following:
- Difficulty opening or closing the mouth
- A clicking sound or popping sensation when chewing or yawning
- Pain in the face and/or jaw
- Headaches and/or dizziness
- Difficulty chewing or moving the lower jaw from side to side
- Sore neck, shoulders, and upper back
- Frequent tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
- Unexplained earaches
These symptoms can significantly diminish your quality of life, particularly if they prevent you from working or interacting socially with others. Fortunately, patients suffering from TMJ disorder can find relief with TMD treatment at LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania.
Treating the Body as a Whole
While many other dentists may recommend a standard nighttime mouthguard for the treatment of TMJ disorder symptoms, Dr. DiGiallorenzo prefers to address the a little condition differently. He and his team take into consideration the underlying cause of the painful symptoms, tailoring a treatment plan specifically to each patient’s needs. If your TMD symptoms are directly linked to a problem with your dentition, corrections to the alignment of your teeth or jaw may be necessary to prevent further damage to the temporomandibular joint.
In addition to providing you with a custom-fitted oral appliance, Dr. DiGiallorenzo may suggest one or more of the following treatments:
- Tooth replacement therapy
- Muscle relaxants
- Laser biostimulation
- Cervical alignment
- Nutritional supplements for joint support
Finally Find the TMD Relief You Deserve
Whether you have recently been diagnosed with TMJ disorder or you suspect that your symptoms might be related to this condition, Dr. DiGiallorenzo wants to help. Contact us at either of our practice locations to learn more about how a whole-health approach to your TMJ disorder can benefit you. Our Collegeville, PA and Williamsport, PA offices warmly welcome patients from throughout the surrounding areas of Pottstown, Lock Haven, Bloomberg, Sunbury, and beyond.