Is This YOU?
Our TMJ / TMD patients often report frustrating symptoms that affect their quality of life. Do any of these common complaints sound like you?
- “I’ve been to several doctors and they don’t know how to fix this.”
- “I’ve been suffering for years and nobody seems to have the answers.”
- “My jaw gets tired when I talk a lot or eat certain foods.”
- “Some foods aren’t worth eating anymore and I stay away from them.”
- “I’ve been to the ENT and they say my ears are clear and nothing’s wrong.”
- “I’m tired of being on medication that doesn’t work.”
- “My meds make me not myself.”
- “I want my life back.”
- “My headaches are always there and I just deal with it.”
- “Every morning I take Advil as soon as I get up.”
- “My balance is bad.”
- “The ringing in my ears is driving me crazy.”
- “I don’t sleep well and I use sleep meds.”
- “I’m on anti-depression medication because this is depressing me.”
- “I have pain in my joint and down my neck and shoulder.”
- “I go to the chiropractor and nothing holds in place for long.”
- “I want to play with my kids and clean my house. I don’t want them to say mommy’s laying down again.”
- “I don’t want surgery.”
There are many more complaints associated with TMJ /TMD. We will listen to you and address your specific concerns. If you feel like TMJ / TMD may be the source of your problems, and you live in Pittsburgh or the Greater Pittsburgh area, call us soon. Make an appointment for a consultation and evaluation, and receive a diagnosis and peace of mind.
TMJ / TMD Symptoms
The temporomandibular joint is a finely tuned mechanism. Designed to provide for the full range of jaw movement—up and down, side to side, and back and forth—the temporomandibular joint can become misaligned by even the smallest change in the structure of your mouth.
Unfortunately, many of the symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ / TMD) are difficult to spot in their early stages.
If you are suffering from these or any other symptoms you might think are due to misalignment of your temporomandibular joint, you owe it to yourself to see a trained neuromuscular dentist as soon as possible:
- Clicking and popping of the jaw
- Inability to fully open your mouth
- Soreness and pain around the jaw and cheeks
- Unexplained headaches, neck aches, and migraines
- Misalignment of your bite
- Excessive tooth wear
- Bruxism, or tooth grinding, particularly during sleep
- Difficulty chewing or speaking
- Frequently biting your tongue or the inside of your cheek
- Tinnitus(ringing in the ears)
- Ear Pain
- Sore Teeth
- Any of these symptoms might indicate the beginnings of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, a condition that can cause pain, loss of function, tooth loss, and other serious problems.
Patients who suffer from TMJ / TMD, however, can often halt the progress of their condition and even reverse its effects with proper treatment. Particularly when caught early, TMJ / TMD can be treated simply and effectively by realigning the bite with a variety of dentistry techniques. The earlier your symptoms are diagnosed and treated, the simpler and more effective the treatment will be. Learn more about the available treatments for TMJ/TMD.
TMJ / TMD Prevention
Dr. George and her team carefully plan all of their dental work to ensure that the temporomandibular joint is properly aligned. Before any dental work involving structural changes, Dr. George will analyze your bite to ensure that your dental work will fit perfectly.