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At Complete Dental Care, Dr. Doyle and Dr. Monaco are pleased to help our patients in Whitaker, Pennsylvania, with all of your dental needs, including issues you may be having with your bite and jaws.

TMJ is the joint which connects your jaw to your skull–known as the temporomandibular joint. If it is somehow injured, it can cause pain known as TMJ syndrome. TMJ can be caused by chewing gum excessively, poor posture, stress, misalignment of the jaw, teeth grinding by day or night, tooth injury or injury to the jaw.

The result of TMJ on your health can include pain in the joints of the jaw, as well as clicking and popping of the jaw, pain in the ears, ear popping, dizziness or vertigo, headaches or migraines, sore or even stiff jaw muscles, pain in your temple, and possibly the locking of your jaw.

You can find relief by placing ice packs on the joint, using over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine which are nonsteroidal, reducing your stress, implementing massage and stretches, avoiding chewing gum and sticking to eating soft foods until your jaws heal.

Depending on the cause and severity of your TMJ, Dr. Doyle and Dr. Monaco may also recommend the following:

— A mouthguard or nightguard to alleviate teeth grinding, or bruxism.

— A dental splint, similar to a mouthguard to provide jaw relief.

— Medications such as muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, etc. which can help your jaw.

— Physical therapy which includes exercises for the jaw.

— Jaw surgery.

If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Doyle or Dr. Monaco, please call our team at Complete Dental Care in Whitaker, Pennsylvania at 412-567-0927 today. We look forward to helping you find TMJ relief.