TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders are a family of problems related to your complex jaw joint and the associated muscles and connective tissues. Since some types of TMJ problems can lead to more serious conditions, early detection and treatment are important.
No single treatment can resolve TMJ and myofascial disorders completely and treatment takes time to be effective. Dr. Kienle, Dr. Steinkeler and Dr. Gunawardena can help you have a healthier and more comfortable jaw.
Trouble with Your Jaw
TMJ disorders develop for many reasons. They are often caused by misaligned teeth and missing teeth causing poor jaw support when biting. They can be caused after a traumatic event to the face or jaws. Medical conditions can cause or worsen TMJ and myofascial pain conditions. Sometimes there is no identifiable cause. Whatever the cause, the symptoms may include a misaligned bite, pain, clicking or grating noises when you open your mouth, or trouble opening your mouth wide.
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Do You Have a TMJ Disorder?
- Are you aware of grinding or clenching your teeth?
- Do you wake up with sore, stiff muscles around your jaws?
- Do you have frequent headaches or neck aches?
- Does the pain get worse when you clench your teeth?
- Does stress make your clenching and pain worse?
- Does your jaw click, pop, grate, catch, or lock when you open your mouth?
- Is it difficult or painful to open your mouth, eat or yawn?
- Have you ever injured your neck, head or jaws?
- Have you had problems (such as arthritis) with other joints?
- Do you have teeth that no longer touch when you bite?
- Do your teeth meet differently from time to time?
- Is it hard to use your front teeth to bite or tear food?
- Are your teeth sensitive, loose, broken or worn?
The more times you answered “yes,” the more likely it is that you have a TMJ disorder. Understanding TMJ disorders will also help you understand how they are treated.
There are various treatment options that Drs. Kienle, Steinkeler and Gunawardena utilize to improve the harmony and function of your jaw. Once an evaluation confirms a diagnosis of TMJ disorder, Drs. Kienle, Steinkeler and Gunawardena will determine the proper course of treatment.
Please remember all of the procedures described here are surgical procedures. These surgical procedures are best performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the only dental specialists who are fully trained in all of these surgical procedures. Drs. Kienle, Steinkeler and Gunawardena are all fully trained and experienced in these surgical procedures. All doctors in our practice are Board Certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and in Anesthesia, and have also earned both a Medical and a Dental degree.
Drs. Kienle, Steinkeler and Gunawardena have the only practice in the Delaware Valley/Tri-State area where all of the surgeons have both their Medical and Dental degrees, and are Board Certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Anesthesia, and in which all of our surgical facilities are Fully Accredited by the Joint Commission. You can be assured that Drs. Kienle, Steinkeler and Gunawardena have the best training and experience, along with the proper staff and facilities, to provide you with exceptional safe and comfortable surgical care.