If you have ever experienced pain in your jaw, neck or sides of your face, you be suffering from a painful condition known as TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). TMD is more prevalent in women than men and about 15% of adults suffer from it. Pennington Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry offers TMJ treatment by utilizing effective orthodontic treatment. We are currently accepting patients seeking TMJ treatment from Hopewell Township, NJ.
What is Temporomandibular Disorder?
The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull. Located on both sides of the face, these joints act like a sliding hinge and are the reason we are capable for the opening and closing of the mouth. TMJ is a loose term often used when referring to Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). This complex group of TMJ dysfunctions are often characterized by pain and limited mobility in the jaw where temporomandibular joint and surrounding tissue are located.
TMJ Symptoms & Signs
The TMJ symptoms and signs are going to be different from patient to patient. Since no two patients are the same, it is actually difficult to reach a diagnosis for someone who it not thoroughly trained in TMJ disorders. TMJ symptoms also often mask themselves or are similar to those of other medical conditions. Even so, it is important to know the more common signs associated with TMJ. These include:
- Popping or clicking when the jaw moves
- Locked jaw or difficulty opening the mouth
- Pain when chewing, eating or opening widen in the jaw area
- Frequent headaches or migraines
- Soreness or pain in the neck area
- Soreness, tiredness or general pain in the face or jaw
- Pain, ringing, or stuffiness in the ears
- Muscle spasms in the jaw area
If you are experiencing any combination of these symptoms, let your dentist know during your next appointment or call our Hopewell Township, NJ area office to schedule an appointment.
The goal of TMJ treatment is to relieve any pain or discomfort and to restore a functional, comfortable smile. Treatment options for TMJ disorders offered at our Hopewell Township, NJ dentist office include orthodontic treatment. If crooked or misaligned teeth are the cause of your bite problem, orthodontics can to restore balance to the bite. We offer invisible braces for straightening your teeth and addressing TMJ symptoms
Do I have TMD?
If you think you may be suffering from a TMJ disorder, the first step is a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of all aspects of your occlusal system at our Hopewell Township, NJ area dentist office. This includes the teeth, gums and jaw joints. Pinpointing the underlying cause of your bite dysfunction is the key to your treatment.
Sometimes we discover that TMD is not the cause of our patient’s pain. Pain in the jaw can be related to many lifestyles. Here are some suggestions on how to reduce the pain or avoid it altogether:
- Chew on both sides of your mouth evenly
- Practice relaxing the face if you tense up
- Control your stress level
- Avoid things that put stress on the jaw such as chewing gum or grinding teeth
- Avoid resting your chin on your hand
- Maintain proper posture with your head up