A beautiful woman with reddish hair and tan skin. An estimated 90 million adults in the United States exhibit symptoms associated with strained jaw joints. Known as temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, they connect your lower jaw (mandible) to your skull. When your teeth fail to meet properly, the joints can suffer damage, which causes a range of painful symptoms. A popping/clicking jaw joint is often a tell-tale sign of the disorder, as are frequent headaches that seemingly have no explanation. Dr. Robert Wilkoff has helped many patients find relief by providing TMJ treatment at our Philadelphia office, and he developed the first TMJ patient education software program. Contact us today to learn how Dr. Wilkoff can help you achieve the relief you deserve.

TMJ Disorder Symptoms

The discomfort associated with TMJ disorder can take an enormous toll on your quality of life. An imbalanced bite causes a chain reaction of strain and discomfort, including:

  • Chronic migraines
  • Frequent earaches
  • Ringing in ears (tinnitus)
  • Jaw muscle spasms/teeth grinding
  • Neck and shoulder pain/soreness
  • Sore facial muscles
  • Back pain
  • Locked jaw/popping noise/trouble opening and closing your mouth

Causes of TMJ Disorder

Stress and excessive pressure are the main causes of damage to your jaw joints. When your teeth are misaligned and don't fit together properly, your jaw muscles can contract thousands of times a day, trying to maintain a comfortable balance. Like a leg that hurts after trying to avoid a pebble in your shoe all day, your jaw grows fatigued from trying to compensate for an uneven balance when you bite and chew. Our treatments are customized to help you achieve true balance in your bite.

What If My Physician Says Nothing is Wrong?

Although your physician can rule out the possibility of other causes for your chronic pain, physicians are not trained in the intricacies of mouth and jaw function. If you have visited doctors, only to learn that they can't offer relief, you should visit your dentist to determine if TMJ disorder is the source of your troubles. Most patients owe their jaw dysfunction to an improperly balanced bite, and can be treated with relative ease. In other cases, serious degenerative issues like arthritis within the jaw may be to blame. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of dentists are properly trained to diagnose and treat these problems. Rest assured, Dr Wilkoff has over 30 years experience eliminating pain symptoms and improving jaw function for his patients.

Mouth Guards

Whether you are an athlete or casual sports participant, you should wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth. If you grind your teeth while you sleep, a bite guard will help reduce symptoms of TMJ. We custom make mouth guards using reinforced acrylic materials.

Schedule an Appointment Today with Robert Wilkoff, D.D.S.

Treating TMD typically requires correcting the cause of imbalance in your bite. If your teeth are crooked, braces or Invisalign® clear aligners may help ease jaw pressure by straightening your teeth, which can ultimately allow your jaws to rest in their proper position. If you have lost one or more teeth, replacing them with dental implants can restore the balance of your bite. Dr. Wilkoff has treated TMJ disorder patients for most of his career, and after a thorough examination to determine the extent of your condition, he can help you find relief. To schedule an appointment, contact us today. Our Rockledge office serves the greater our Philadelphia area, providing general, cosmetic, orthodontic, and restorative dentistry for patients and their families.