Get the Relief You Need For Your TMD
Are you experiencing jaw pain, tenderness, ringing ears, or jaw lock? Millions of Americans suffer from TMJ disorder, and it doesn’t always go away on its own. Here at Franklinville Dental, our dentist, Dr. Todd Gottlieb, offers TMJ Treatment for anyone who is suffering from the condition in Franklinville, NJ or the surrounding areas. If you’ve been dealing with these uncomfortable symptoms, our team can help.
What is TMJ Disorder?
Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts as a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. TMJ Disorder, also known as TMD, is a disorder of the temporomandibular joints, jaw muscles, and the nerves associated with chronic facial pain. TMD causes pain, tenderness, clicking sounds, and grating sensations and can even lead to jaw lock, where your jaw closes completely.
If you have persistent pain or tenderness in your jaw, or if you can’t fully open or close your mouth, you may need TMJ treatment. While TMD can be a temporary side effect of stress, it doesn’t go away on its own.
Symptoms of TMJ
TMJ disorders mainly occur when the jaw joints aren’t working properly however, not all jaw pain or facial pain is related to TMJ. Common symptoms of TMJ disorders include:
- Pain or tenderness of your jaw
- Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints
- Aching pain in and around your ear
- Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
- Aching facial pain
- Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth
The symptoms of TMD can be debilitating and they can greatly interfere with your everyday life. Our patients’ comfort and well-being is at the heart of our dental practice, and pain relief is the first consideration of our dentist. If you’ve been suffering from any of these symptoms, call our Franklinville office right away at (856) 694-5555 and make an appointment with Dr. Gottlieb.
How We Treat Your TMJ
The treatment of your TMD will depend on your individual symptoms and situation. Initially, the dentist will thoroughly examine your jaw area and bite, take X-rays, and review your history in order to make an accurate diagnosis and recommend necessary treatment.
Once a firm diagnosis is attained, there are several ways in which relief can be provided. A specially molded bite guard can be created to stop teeth grinding during the night. A bite relationship analysis may be recommended by Dr. Gottlieb. He may also offer advice on relaxation techniques to lessen the effects of stress. As a last alternative, we can also provide a prescription for muscle relaxers.
A great option is to change the shape of your teeth and get rid of the bad bite completely, often called “realignment.” This is especially useful because it alleviates TMJ symptoms and may improve the aesthetic appearance of your teeth as well. Realignment involves adjusting the relationship between how the upper teeth come together with the lower teeth. It’s not a painful procedure, and it has fantastic results.
Treat Your TMJ at Franklinville Dental
At Franklinville Dental, our patients’ comfort is a top priority. If you’ve been suffering from symptoms of TMJ disorder in Franklinville, Glassboro, Williamstown, Pine Hill, or the surrounding areas, we would love to meet with you and see if we can help. Call our office at (856) 694-5555 or fill out our online contact form.
TMJ Treatment FAQ
What causes TMJ disorder?
There are many factors that can cause TMJ. Typically, a misaligned or uneven bite, jaw injuries, genetics, excessive teeth grinding, jaw clenching, or arthritis are to blame. Excessive stress is not a direct cause, but it can certainly make your symptoms worse.
Do TMJ symptoms go away on their own?
Minor TMJ discomfort, typically brought on by times of stress, will usually go away without treatment. However, if your symptoms last or worsen, you should seek out treatment options to keep it from getting worse.
Will my dental insurance cover TMJ treatment?
Getting insurance coverage for TMJ treatment can be tricky. Medical insurance plans consider the temporomandibular joint and its disorders separate from other types of joint problems, and some dental insurance plans don’t consider it a dental issue. However, dental plans vary wildly, and yours might offer some kind of coverage. We encourage you to call your provider before your treatment begins, or our office staff can go over your options with you.