A number of debilitating symptoms, some of which may not seem to be connected with an oral health issue, can be caused by temporomandibular joint disorder. Commonly referred to as TMJ Disorder or TMD, the condition can be responsible for pain and discomfort in a number of facial and body areas, which can ultimately have a significant effect on your livelihood. Here at Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey, our experienced dentists are concerned with your overall wellbeing in addition to the health of your teeth and gums. We offer a number of customized treatment options for TMJ Disorder that can reduce symptoms and improve your day-to-day life.
What is TMJ Disorder?
The temporomandibular joint is the connection between the upper and lower jaw, aiding in your ability to chew, bite, speak, and yawn. Issues such as jaw misalignment, arthritis, teeth grinding or clenching, a breakdown of cartilage, simple overuse, injury, or other factors which can affect the joint may lead to TMJ Disorder. The condition is experienced by millions of individuals all over the world. Since many people experience symptoms of TMJ Disorder that do not initially seem related to the jaw, the problem may progressively get worse until seen and diagnosed by an experienced dental professional.
What are the symptoms of TMJ Disorder?
TMJ Disorder can be the cause of many different kinds of symptoms, including:
- Chronic facial pain
- Jaw clicking/popping
- Difficulty chewing or speaking
- Difficulty closing or opening the mouth
- Ringing in the ears
- A feeling of numbness in the arms/fingers
- Pain in the shoulder, neck, and/or back
TMJ Disorder Treatment Options
Fortunately, there are a number of advanced treatment options that can help to alleviate the symptoms of TMJ Disorder. These include:
- Occlusal Equilibration – this essentially involves an intricate examination of your bite to see if the teeth are fitting together naturally and functioning well. If not, a bite adjustment may be the best way to reduce stress on the temporomandibular joint and diminish pressure that’s being placed on the teeth. In some cases, a polishing of the teeth can allow for a better relationship between the teeth, the muscles surrounding the mouth, and the temporomandibular joint. In others, dental treatments such as porcelain veneers or correction of teeth misalignment may be recommended.
- Customized oral appliances such as mouthguards/nightguards
- Restorative or reconstructive dentistry
- Bite and jaw therapies
- Oral surgery
If you are diagnosed with TMJ Disorder, one of our skilled dentists will talk with you about the best treatment options for your unique needs. He will then create a completely custom-designed treatment plan designed to successfully treat the condition and reduce your symptoms.
Contact Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey
For more information on TMJ Disorder and the treatment options available at our practice, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey.