Are you experiencing recurring or acute pain in the jaw when you chew or yawn? TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint that attaches the skull to the jaw on either side of the face.
We use the temporomandibular joint to smile, laugh, create different facial expressions, chew, speak and yawn. The TMJ area is made up of several smaller muscles, which are prone to injury, wear and tear. Our highly trained dentists near you provide several treatments for TMJ/TMD problems, ranging from conservative therapies to surgical options. TMD stands for ‘temporomandibular disorder.’
It’s very important to diagnose the cause of the pain or discomfort before determining the right TMJ treatment in Fort Lee, NJ. The most common signs of TMJ problems are:
Most TMJ problems are caused due to misalignment of the temporomandibular joint muscles or teeth grinding or clenching. If ignored, TMJ pain or discomfort can leave you feeling exhausted and irritable. Our experienced dentists use the most advanced diagnostic imaging techniques to detect the location and nature of the problem.
Based on the diagnosis, we will recommend the most suitable TMJ treatment near you.
We start therapy by using the simplest techniques first. TMJ treatments can include the following:
Placing an ice pack on the sore area can aid healing.
Our trained dentists in Fort Lee, NJ may recommend massaging the area with gel or ointment.
A TMJ splint is usually made of acrylic and helps provide a surface to bite against. You may need to wear a splint for at least three months to find the ideal bite position.
If the jaw is locked, we may use ultrasound in conjunction with other forms of therapy.
TENS (Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation)
Our skilled dentists at So Good Dental apply low-intensity currents to release muscular tension.