TMJ disorders can cause significant discomfort and may affect the quality of your day-to-day life. Dr. Mark DeMaria provides TMJ treatment in Greensburg and Export, Pennsylvania, to relieve this discomfort and restore your oral function. Call DeMaria Family Orthodontics & Dentistry today to learn more about orthodontic treatment for TMJ disorders and schedule your consultation with our orthodontist!

The TMJ is the temporomandibular joint, or the joint that connects the lower jaw to the rest of your head. When this jaw joint becomes stressed, injured or misaligned, it is known as a TMJ disorder. TMJ disorders may occur as a result of several factors, including stress, teeth grinding and clenching, arthritis in the joint, or trauma and injury to the head, neck or jaw. Common signs of TMJ disorders include:

  • Grinding, clicking or popping sounds when you open and close your mouth
  • An inability to open your mouth widely to speak, chew or yawn
  • A locked or stuck jaw
  • Pain when biting and chewing
  • Pain in your neck, shoulders and ears
  • Frequent headaches

While treatment plans for TMJ vary from patient to patient, orthodontic braces are often an effective solution, especially if your TMJ disorder was caused by a misaligned or bad bite. Orthodontic treatment works to realign your bite, correcting the position of your teeth and jaw to reduce or eliminate other symptoms of your TMJ. The ultimate goal of orthodontic TMJ treatment is to ensure optimal positioning for your teeth, joints and muscles to create functional harmony in your mouth. When you visit our orthodontist and team for your initial consultation, we will examine your teeth, mouth and jaw thoroughly to determine if orthodontic treatment is the right solution for your TMJ disorder.

Give us a call today to schedule your appointment and learn more!