TMJ Treatment Overview
Do you sometimes hear or feel a clicking or popping in your jaw when you’re chewing or speaking? Does your jaw sometimes lock open, and is it sometimes painful to chew or speak?
These are all symptoms of TMD (sometimes called TMJ), or temporomandibular joint disorder. It can range from mild to severe, but fortunately, there are a number of TMJ treatment options available for all levels of severity.
What Is TMJ/TMD?
TMD is actually not a single disorder, but rather a category of a number of disorders, all affecting the temporomandibular joint. The temporomandibular joint is basically a hinge joint that allows your lower jaw to open, close, and move around. When this joint is damaged or injured, the resulting problems are categorized as TMD.
What Causes TMD?
Because TMD covers a range of injuries and disorders, it also has a range of conditions that can cause or exacerbate it, including but not limited to:
- Injuries to the jaw
- Bite misalignment
- Certain autoimmune diseases
- Prolonged tension in the temporomandibular joint
Depending on the cause of the TMD/TMJ, treatment can vary. Some of the most common treatments include:
- Realigning a misaligned bite.
- Wearing a bite guard or splint at night.
- Taking nSAIDs (non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs) or muscle relaxers.
- Practicing relaxation techniques.
- Correcting or replacing crowns and other dental work causing crooked or misaligned teeth.
If your TMJ/TMD is caused by grinding your teeth at night, for example, your dentist in Cherry Hill may recommend that you wear a bite guard or splint when you go to sleep to avoid damage to your teeth from grinding and to help with your TMJ symptoms.
In most cases, some simple, non-invasive TMJ treatment techniques like this can help alleviate the pain and other symptoms of TMD, though surgery is needed in some severe cases.
Benefits of TMJ Treatment
If you suffer from TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), then you know just how much pain and frustration it can cause in your life. Your jaw might hurt often and it might feel stiff, making it difficult to chew. Ultimately, it can cause damage not only to your physical health, but also your mental health.
When you leave the symptoms untreated, they tend to just get worse over time. Fortunately, your dentist in Cherry Hill at Bernstein Dental can help you with this problem, so you can enjoy the benefits of TMJ treatment.
Since jaw pain is one of the most common issues with TMJ, most people are looking for a way to better deal with their pain. It can also cause headaches, pains in the neck and back and stiffness in the shoulders. One of the great benefits of TMJ treatment is the fact that you can alleviate this physical pain.
Better Dental Health
Another one of the benefits of TMJ treatment is the ability to reduce your chance of dental damage. Many people who have TMJ grind their teeth, which can cause some serious issues, including chipped and broken teeth. With treatment, you can better protect your smile.
Better Overall Health
Treating TMJ also means better overall health in many cases. You will find that it can help to reduce instances of various sleep disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and other issues.
When you feel better after treatment, you can improve the overall quality of your life, not only your physical health. You will feel better and have more energy, which can help to improve your mood.
Experience the Benefits of TMJ Treatment from Bernstein Dental
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of TMJ treatment, get in touch with one or our Cherry Hill dentists to see what we can do. You can call us on the phone at 856-616-9191 or you can visit our contact page if you prefer.
Richard Bernstein, DMD
1401 Route 70 W
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002-3731
Monday 1:00 – 9:00 PM
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Wednesday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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