TMJ Treatment in Denville, NJ From Cheryl Moccio, DMD
Dr. Moccio has been diagnosing and referring her patients for the appropriate treatment for many years with great success. When painful symptoms like severe headaches, jaw pain, ringing in the ears, or difficulty chewing become long-term, temporomandibular joint disorder – also referred to as TMJ – may be the cause. If you have been experiencing similar symptoms, your Denville oral surgeon can diagnose the root causes of TMJ and devise an immediate treatment plan for a TMJ disorder.
What are TMJ Disorders?
The temporomandibular joint connects to both the lower jaw and a bone located at the side of the head called the temporal bone. These joints are flexible and allow us to talk, chew, and open our mouths. TMJ disorders consist of multiple conditions that cause pain and dysfunction to the temporomandibular joint, leading to the inflammation and stiffness of joints, muscles, and bones that can create debilitating effects. The conditions of TMJ tend to fall into three main categories:
• Myofascial pain includes pain or discomfort in the muscles that control jaw function.
• Internal derangement involves the displacement, dislocation, or overall injury of joints in the jaw.
• Arthritis involves a group of inflammatory joint disorders that affect the temporomandidebular joint.
Patients may experience one or all of these conditions and might also have health concerns that affect other muscles and soft tissues throughout the body along with TMJ. The progression of TMJ is not exactly clear, with some patients seeing symptoms disappear within weeks, while others take months. A consultation with Dr. Moccio can diagnose and assess the progression of your TMJ disorder so that you can experience pain relief and get back to your daily routine.
What Are Signs of TMJ?
Trauma to the jaw or temporomandibular joint as a result of a motor vehicle accident or sports injury, as well as poor bite position, plays a large role in TMJ disorders. For many patients, symptoms of TMJ tend to appear without an obvious cause. The main indicator for a TMJ disorder is prolonged pain, but other symptoms include:
• Stiffness in the jaw
• Locking or limited movement of the jaw
• Painful clicking or popping in the jaw joint
• A change in the position of teeth
• Additional pain in the face or neck
Slight pain in the jaw is not an indicator of a serious problem and can be resolved with time or minimal treatment. However, long-term symptoms can trigger a TMJ diagnosis. Your Denville oral surgeon can determine the extent of your TMJ disorder and help with treatment and pain management.
How is TMJ Treated?
A personal consultation in our Denville office will involve a thorough examination of your jaw area and bite position. We will take x-rays of your jaw and review your medical history in order to create a specific diagnosis and treatment plan.
Relief can be provided by performing a bite relationship analysis, which helps when creating molded bite guards or prescribing treatments proven to soothe TMJ symptoms such as analgesics and muscle relaxants. Physical therapy is another successful method used for TMJ correction and is considered one of the most important treatment options for strengthening muscles and relieving debilitating symptoms.
Call Us Today!
If you are experiencing any symptoms that you believe are related to TMJ, contact Cheryl L. Moccio, DMD at our Denville office for an exact diagnosis. Schedule a consultation today!