TMJ Pain

TMJ Disorder and Pain Allentown PA

TMJ Disorder Allentown Pa Temporo-Mandibular Joint pain is a complex syndrome (more accurately named TMD, or Temporo-Mandibular Disorders) with many many different causes. The common thread is a characteristic pain in the jaw joints (just in front of the ears), temples and face from the cheek bone to the jawline. People often note a limited range of motion and/or clicking and popping when opening and closing. Muscles that fatigue easily when chewing, or a jaw that occasionally locks open or closed are also signs that point to a TMD. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, you are not alone. It has been estimated that up to 35 million adults suffer from TMJ Disorder and Pain,  yet there are very few medical professionals who are properly trained and experienced to diagnose and treat these potentially debilitating disorders. Fortunately, with proper diagnosis and an appropriate individualized treatment plan, many TMJ disorder patients can find relief without medication, injections, or long term active care and therapy. Dr. Forgosh has extensive post graduate training that gives him the skills and experience to find the cause of the problem, and discover the least invasive and most predictable solutions for that specific patient. Dr. Forgosh has helped many people overcome their TMDs with symptoms ranging from tired jaws to debilitating headaches and facial pain. He understands the importance of an accurate diagnosis and individualized treatment plan. While there is no single cause of TMDs, and any number of factors can contribute to the problem, most TMDs can be divided into two major categories: intracapsular (problems within the jaw joint), and functional disorders. Problems within the joint can include (among other things) arthritis, tumors, and injury resulting either from acute trauma or the chronic insult of a functional problem. Fortunately, these cases are relatively uncommon, but it is critical to rule out an intracapsular diagnosis prior to initiating treatment for a functional problem. Functional TMDs are typically the result of disharmony within the Masticatory (chewing) System, and can be treated with predictable results. The TMJ is a complex joint that rotates and slides through its range of motion. When the powerful chewing muscles contract, they lift the lower jaw up to meet the upper jaw, rotating and sliding the joint to seat fully in the socket. Functional disharmony occurs when tooth shape or position prevents the teeth from coming together evenly while the joint is seated in the socket. The goal of treating functional TMDs is to eliminate the stress and tension created by this disharmony with a "less-is-more" plan that brings balance to the system. If you suffer from TMJ pain, please let us know so we may focus our diagnostics and treatment planning on helping you put it behind you.