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TMJ Specialist in Pittsburgh

Dr. Alexandra S. George DDS and the Pittsburgh Dentist team are known for their specialist treatment of TMJ/TMJD

Achieving pain relief through whole-patient dentistry

The temporomandibular joint is what connects your jaw to the temporal bones in your skull, facilitating movement for talking, chewing, and yawning. When this crucial joint experiences dysfunction or disorder, it is known as TMJD. This condition can cause various discomforts, including jaw pain, difficulty chewing, aching around the ear, and even lockjaw. Millions of Americans deal with this pain, often unaware that these discomforts are linked to TMJD.

Dr. Alexandra S. George DDS specializes in diagnosing TMJD and identifying the underlying issues that trigger pain. We offer personalized TMJD treatment that improve your jaw’s functionality while alleviating and even eliminating your pain.

Why Alexandra S. George DDS and the team at Pittsburgh Dentist?

When you choose Dr. Alexandra S. George DDS, you’re choosing a dentist and a clinic that is renowned for effectively treating TMJD. Our reputation is built on a solid foundation of successful patient outcomes, innovative treatment strategies using the latest technology, and a comprehensive approach to patient care. By addressing the root cause of your discomfort, we ensure lasting relief and improved quality of life.

  • Specialized Team – With a team of highly skilled professionals using state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and treatment techniques, we stand at the forefront of TMJD management. Our professionals are highly trained and have vast experience in managing and treating TMJ disorders, ensuring you receive the most effective care.
  • Individualized Treatment Plans – We firmly believe that each patient is unique. That’s why we design our treatment plans to align with your specific health condition and personal needs.
  • Advanced Technology – We use the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies and stay up-to-date on the latest advancements in the dental industry. Our commitment to technological advancement means that we provide the most effective, modern care available.
  • Long-Term Care – Our care for you doesn’t stop when your treatment does. We provide regular follow-up appointments and check-ups to monitor your progress and ensure a successful recovery.

 

Learn more about TMJ/TMJD and the treatments we offer below:

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TMJ Disorder

A deeper understanding of TMJD allows for early detection, which is often key to successful treatment. TMJD, characterized by pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and muscles controlling jaw movement, can significantly impact one’s quality of life. Dr. Alexandra S. George DDS and the Pittsburgh Dentist team takes the time to educate clients about their TMJ disorder and next steps.

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TMJD Treatment

The primary goal of TMJD treatment is to alleviate pain, restore normal jaw function, and improve the patient’s overall quality of life. The appropriate treatment is dependent on each patient’s unique condition and specific needs. Ultimately, a successful TMJD treatment approach is one that is individualized to the patient.

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DTR

Disclusion Time Reduction (DTR) Therapy is a method used to diagnose and treat issues related to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and bite misalignment. It uses technology to measure and record the precise amount of time it takes for your back teeth to disclude or separate when your jaw moves from a biting position to a resting position.

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TMJD Symptoms & Prevention

TMJD typically presents various symptoms, including jaw pain, difficulty or discomfort while chewing, a clicking or popping sensation in the jaw, earache, facial pain, and even headaches. While TMJD might not be completely preventable, there are ways to reduce the risk and manage potential triggers.

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Personalized treatment plans for a life free of pain

Living a pain-free life, unhindered by the discomforts of TMJD, is not a distant dream but an achievable reality with the specialized treatments from Dr. Alexandra S. George DDS. Our dedicated and empathetic TMJ specialist team, led by the award-winning Dr. Alex, is committed to restoring the harmony of your jaw function and improving your quality of life.

Through our comprehensive approach, we aim not only to alleviate your immediate symptoms but to address the root cause of your TMJD, ensuring long-lasting relief. By leveraging cutting-edge diagnostic tools, personalized treatment plans, and innovative therapeutic strategies, we turn your journey toward health into a reassuring, empowering experience.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can TMJ issues go away on their own?

While some TMJ issues can be resolved independently with time and self-care practices, many cases require professional treatment to alleviate pain and restore jaw function. A specialist should evaluate persistent or severe symptoms.

What causes TMJ issues?

TMJ issues can be caused by a variety of factors, including jaw injury, arthritis, excessive gum chewing, stress, and bite misalignment. Identifying the underlying cause is crucial for effective treatment.

Can TMJ issues affect my dental health?

Yes, TMJ issues can impact dental health by causing wear and tear on the teeth, leading to bite misalignment, increased tooth sensitivity, and even tooth damage.

Is there a link between TMJ and headaches?

Yes, there is a link between TMJ and headaches. TMJD can cause tension headaches due to the strain on the muscles around the jaw and face, often presenting as pain around the temples or earaches.

What diagnostic tests are used to assess TMJ issues?

Our diagnostic tests for TMJ start with a consultation with X-rays and photographs, where a lot of information will be provided, and your dental history will be reviewed. We use CBCT to evaluate the joint and utilize our computer technology, the K-7, and bioPAK to read EMGs to evaluate the muscles.

Can TMJ issues be hereditary?

TMJ issues can have a hereditary component, making some individuals more predisposed to TMJD due to genetic factors related to jaw structure or other related health conditions.

Are there specific foods I should avoid if I have TMJ issues?

If you have TMJ issues, avoiding hard, chewy, or sticky foods that require excessive chewing or a wide-opening mouth opening is best. Opting for softer foods can help minimize strain on the jaw.