If you are experiencing jaw pain, you should visit us at Attentive Dental Care. At our dental office in Morristown NJ our expert and highly trained TMJ dentist, Dr. Karey P. Matthews, can provide you with TMJ treatment.
It is estimated that almost 10 million Americans are affected by TMJ. Patients who think they may have TMJ are encouraged to come to our dental office in Morristown NJ for diagnosis and possible treatment. TMJ is more common in women and men. Generally, the patient will have a pain in the jaw joint or muscle. Many times, this type of pain is only temporary and can occur in cycles. However, sometimes patients can develop long-term symptoms which should be treated. When a patient has TMJ, they can have several different problems. They may have jaw pain, or experience problems when they speak or chew. It can even be difficult to yawn at times. Patients can respond quite differently to TMJ problems. Sometimes the patient will have discomfort or pain in the muscles that control the jaw. The problems can come and go spontaneously. Some symptoms that can signal TMJ problems including: radiating pain in the face jaw or neck; jaw muscle stiffness; locking of the jaw; limited movement of the jaw; or a clicking motion when a patient attempts to speak. Our dentist will be able to determine whether or not you are experiencing TMJ problems. Our dentist will talk to you about some self-care practices which can help with easing symptoms of TMJ. Eating soft foods, applying ice packs, avoiding yawning and other extreme jaw movements, can all help with this problem. Pain medications, such as ibuprofen can also be helpful. Our dentist may recommend a bite guard, also known as the stabilization splint that fits over your upper or lower teeth to help alleviate pain.
For an appointment to meet with our dentist at our dental office in Morristown NJ to discuss possible TMJ problems and solutions, contact us today.