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Neuromuscular Dentistry

Get TMJ/TMD Treatment In Rydal, PA

TMJ is the joint that connects the lower and upper jaw. The term TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint. This is one of the most complex joints in the entire body, capable of forwarding and backward movement, rotations, and side-to-side movements. TMJ often refers to complications and problems with this joint and is also referred to as TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder). TMD is a very common condition that results from misalignment of the teeth, the upper and lowers jaws and sometimes the joint. Our Dentists in Abington, PA, can help relieve you of your jaw pain.

Some Of The Most Common Symptoms Of TMJ/TMD Include:

  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Neck & shoulder pain
  • Facial pain
  • Tingling Fingers
  • Ringing in the ears (Tinnitus)
  • Vertigo
  • Limited movement of the lower jaw
  • Limited opening of the jaw
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Clicking sounds
  • Muscle spasms
  • Locking of the jaw
  • Sensitive Teeth
  • Grinding/Clenching teeth
  • Nervousness/Insomnia

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Often times many of these symptoms are overlooked and not thought to have any relation to ones bite. As a TMD specialist and neuromuscular dentist, these symptoms are reviewed with all of our patients as part of our occlusal screening. We compare the symptoms one has to the clinical signs of malocclusion (bad bite) to determine the best treatment options for our patients.

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Why Choose Neuromuscular Dentists?

Malocclusion causes an imbalance in the bite-jaw-muscle relationship with the jaw and skull leading to pain. Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on the treatment of the teeth, jaw joints and head and neck muscles together to find physiologic rest of the mandible and alleviate pain. Neuromuscular dentists attempt to treat the root cause of TMD and not just the symptoms.

How To Treat TMD

In order to alleviate symptoms associated with TMD, neuromuscular dentists relax the muscles of the head and neck to find the optimal physiologic rest position of the lower jaw. The TENS unit is the only way to temporarily break the strong connection and muscle memory your jaw has to bring your teeth together. By relaxing the muscles of the head and neck we can figure out one’s optimum jaw placement thereby eliminating pain associated with TMD.


See What Our Patients Are Saying:

Professional, personable, and painless.

- John B.

Excellent dentists that put you at ease!

- Suzanne C.

I have been coming to McDowell Dental for over 40 years and have received excellent care. I continue coming even though I now live in Maryland and have referred many family members who now have their dental care at McDowell Dental.

- Anonymous

I have had many dental problems in my lifetime and it was always a comfort to know Dr. Ashley would address my concerns and made sure I never felt any pain.

- Anonymous

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Schedule A Consultation Today!

If you or someone you know experiences any of the symptoms of TMJ listed above please call our office at 215.885.0555 or fill out our contact form to have a consultation with our neuromuscular dentist in Rydal, Jenkintown, Horsham, Willow Grove, and Philadelphia, PA.

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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