TMJ and TMD Treatment in Northern New Jersey

What are TMJ’s causes and symptoms?

TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMD. The Northern New Jersey dentists from the Garden State Dental Group have specific training to treat TMJ. This disorder causes pain usually in front of the ear in the form of a headache. It is caused by poor function of the jaw joint and the muscles responsible for joint movement. The causes includes improper position of the disk, strained ligaments, osteoarthritis and other joint-related conditions. Patients will usually experience popping, clicking, or pain in the jaw joint. People who grind their teeth can sometimes develop a serious problem with their jaw, which when left untreated, can adversely affect the teeth, gums and bone structures of the mouth. One of the most common jaw disorders is related to a problem with the temporomandibular joint, the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull, and allows your upper and lower jaw to open and close and facilitates chewing and speaking.

Below are some of the common causes of TMJ:

  1. Bruxism or grinding of the teeth.
  2. Malocclusion or poor biting that puts muscle under stress.
  3. Accidents that damages the bones of the face.
  4. Arthritis.
  5. Spasm or unbalanced activity or overuse of jaw muscles.

What are TMJ Treatments?

TMJ Treatment options can be surgical or non-surgical. Surgical treatment is an option when conventional treatment options failed to help. It is often a last resolve to the problem and may be sometimes complicated since it involves surgery of the jaw. It is advisable to consult an expert surgeon for a proper diagnosis of the problem since all factors underlying the TMJ disorder will be considered first. Minor cases of TMD involve discomfort or pain in the jaw muscles. More serious conditions involve improperly aligned joints or dislocated jaws. The most extreme form of TMD involves an arthritic condition of the jaw joint. If the pain and discomfort is only minor and not severe, TMD disorders can be alleviated with self-managed care or non-surgical treatments. Non-surgical TMD treatments include muscle relaxants, aspirin, biofeedback or wearing of braces during sleep and physical therapy.

The dentists of Garden State Dental in Northern New Jersey specialize in TMJ Treatments with proper care. Our highly trained and specialized dentists will diagnose carefully the cause of your symptoms and develop a plan that will help correct your specific issues.

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