Kingston, PA, patients ask, “How can I get relief from TMJ?”

It is common to feel some occasional tenderness in the jaw. However, when the tenderness turns to pain or if it lasts for several days, you may have a condition known as TMJ. This condition refers to a joint (the temporomandibular joint) that connects the lower jaw to your skull. When it isn’t aligned correctly, it can cause pain, often when chewing or biting. In some cases, patients will also experience additional symptoms like clicking of the jaw, headaches, or earaches. Dr. Stephen Lawrence and the team at Lawrence Dental Group in Kingston, PA, help their patients learn more about how to find relief from TMJ. 

What causes TMJ?

Many factors such as clenching or grinding the jaw can overwork the joint or change your bite’s alignment, which can lead to TMJ. Some clench their jaw or grind their teeth due to stress or when angry; others do it unconsciously or while sleeping.  

How is TMJ treated? 

To treat TMJ, your dentist must first understand your symptoms and the underlying cause. In some cases, the treatment may rest the jaw for a few days, adjust your eating habits, and find healthy ways to reduce your stress levels.  

How do oral appliances help treat TMJ? 

This non-surgical option uses an appliance created from professional-grade, comfortable plastic. The appliance protects the teeth and helps to relieve muscle tension in the mouth. This appliance is similar to a sports mouthguard and is comfortable enough to wear while sleeping. The appliance should be worn every night to achieve the best results. 

What should I do if I think I might have TMJ? 

While the symptoms may get better over time, effective treatment usually requires dental intervention. If you think you have TMJ or schedule an appointment to discuss your treatment options, call Lawrence Dental Group today at (570) 852-2650

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Dr. Stephen Lawrence Dr. Stephen Lawrence has served as a private practitioner for over 25 years. From Instant Orthodontics to Smile Makeovers’, he is considered as one of the most skilled and experienced cosmetic dentists in the area. He has attended the prestigious Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education and is also a certified Clear Aligners Preferred Provider and Perio Protect nonsurgical gum treatment provider. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and Pennsylvania Dental Association.

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