Why your jaw hurts: a further look at TMJ/TMD disorders

Have you found yourself experiencing jaw pain and discomfort? Do you notice a twinge in the jaw muscles or a clicking noise while enjoying your lunch? Do you find yourself waking up with a headache caused by tension in the jaw? If these symptoms are occurring, it is time to speak to a dental provider about conditions such as TMJ/TMD.

What is TMJ/TMD?

Drs. Gary McDowell and Ashley McDowell of Abington, PA educate patients on jaw disorders such as TMJ/TMD. TMJ is an acronym for temporomandibular joint. The temporomandibular joint is the jaw joint responsible for hinging the upper and lower jaw. It allows for movement to open and close the jaw for eating and speaking. However, if it begins to malfunction, it can cause patients to experience a variety of symptoms on a daily basis. At this point, the condition will be diagnosed as TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder. This requires a patient to visit a dental professional to speak to them about effective treatment options.

What treatment options exist for TMJ/TMD?

Most dental professionals are able to offer recommendations for patients who are experiencing the symptoms of TMJ/TMD. At McDowell Dental Group, we find that many patients can seek relief with oral appliance therapy. This is the use of a special mouthpiece that fits in the mouth when patients sleep at night. It reduces the tension that might occur with TMJ/TMD which in turn reduces many of the common symptoms. This treatment is affordable and effective for those with mild to moderate TMJ/TMD. Patients with severe problems may be viable candidates for surgical intervention.

Find a customized solution for your jaw pain with a proper diagnosis at McDowell Dental Group

Abington, PA area patients who are faced with jaw pain and discomfort will need to visit a dentist to obtain a definitive diagnosis and develop a treatment plan that works for their needs. We strongly encourage patient to book an appointment with Drs. Gary McDowell and Ashley McDowell to determine if they are a good candidate for treatment. Our practice is located at 1047 Old York Road and can be called at (215) 885-0555.

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Yes! After our long tenured residence at the Tempenns building, McDowell Dental Group will be relocating. In addition to the move we are changing our name to McDowell Dental & Aesthetics. Don’t worry, even though there are a lot of changes happening we are still committed to providing our patients with the same valued care we always have. Lead by Dr. Ashley McDowell the office will bring additional focus to cosmetic dentistry and facial aesthetics along with all general dentistry services. Dr. Ashley has been working tirelessly over the past year to create a state of the art practice utilizing the best equipment and latest technologies. We are so excited for everyone to see and enjoy our new office.


Starting Monday, November 20th we will be seeing patients at:

1077 Rydal Road
Suite 300
Rydal, PA 19046


It is located just a short distance from our current office. The building has a spacious parking lot and an elevator for ease of travel. We look forward to seeing everyone at our new location!

McDowell Dental & Aesthetics Team