The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, plays a crucial role in your daily life by facilitating essential functions like speaking, chewing and even smiling. However, when this intricate joint experiences stress, injury or misalignment, it can lead to a condition known as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD), often referred to as TMJ disorder.
TMJ disorders can arise from various factors, including stress, bruxism (the habitual grinding and clenching of teeth), arthritis affecting the TMJ, or traumatic injury to the head, neck or jaw. Its symptoms can be quite debilitating, including:
- Jaw and facial pain
- Disruptive grinding, clicking or popping sounds when opening and closing the mouth
- A limited ability to open the mouth
- A locked jaw
- Pain when chewing and biting
- Neck and shoulder discomfort
- Persistent headaches
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is crucial to seek professional help promptly. Our skilled dentists can evaluate your condition, determine its underlying cause and recommend a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs. The type of TMJ treatment you will receive depends on the cause and severity of your disorder and may involve a combination of approaches.
Treatment options for TMD include jaw and facial relaxation exercises, lifestyle adjustments, restorative dental procedures, custom-made mouth guards or night guards to prevent further damage, and, in more severe cases, surgical interventions to correct jaw alignment.
Contact Grove Dental Center today at 201-200-0222 to learn more about TMJ treatment in Jersey City, New Jersey, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sushma Halthore, Dr. Rashi or Dr. Milena Narsesyan, and take the first step towards regaining comfort and function in your daily life. Your wellbeing is our top priority, and we are here to provide you with the care and expertise you deserve.