At smilebuilderz, there’s more to what we do as your Ephrata and Lancaster dentists that goes beyond caring for your teeth. What about your TMJ or your temporomandibular joint? This powerful part of our body can withstand pressure and force throughout the day, but when it’s causing you unrelenting jaw pain, help can’t come quickly enough.
Sometimes it takes the right doctor and team to treat your oral and overall health issues, like your friends at smilebuilderz.
How Do I Know if My TMJ is to Blame for Pain?
There are so many common TMJ symptoms that they’re almost always overlooked as something else or another health issue. TMJ problems, also known as temporomandibular disorder or TMD, can be characterized by the following:
- Pain or tenderness of your jaw
- Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints
- Aching pain in and around your ear
- Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
- Aching facial pain
- Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth
Do you see how these can be seen as mimicking other medical conditions? Please note that occasionally when your jaw clicks or is uncomfortable, there’s not always a reason to be concerned. For some patients, your symptoms will disappear on their own over time. You might give up before even seeing your Lancaster TMJ dentist for a consultation.
Learn More About Your TMJ
We thought sharing this helpful information and video about TMJ would be good. It will show you how you’re not alone with this condition, joining roughly 35 million Americans who struggle with TMJ. There are so many patients who need to understand what’s happening with their health; sometimes, it’s best with visual guidance.
What Can You Do Today?
It might be best to schedule a consultation with us to discuss your options. We offer advanced TMJ treatment in Lancaster and Ephrata for patients ready to regain control of their lives and live pain-free. We offer something called a full-mouth rehabilitation process to address poorly aligned jaws and the side effects.
Before we ever start any work, we take plenty of time with you, discussing your goals, examining your current oral health, and creating a unique treatment plan just for you. Contact us today to find out how to get scheduled for a hassle-free appointment where you’ll have time to share your story and learn more about the smilebuilderz approach to comfortable, convenient TMJ care for families across Lancaster, Ephrata, and the surrounding areas.