Morris Plains TMJ Dentist
When your jaws are functioning optimally, you tend to not give them a moment of thought because there’s no reason to. However, when you start noticing the signs of the condition known as TMJ disorder, your focus on the health of your jaws becomes far greater. Here at Attentive Dental Care, we’re the source to come to for help.
When you stop and think about it, there is so much that you need your jaws for, such as chewing your food, speaking, laughing, and yawning. Whether moving up and down or from side to side, the use of your temperomandibular joint (the TMJ) is essential. It’s the joint that connects your lower jaw to the temporal bone in your skull. So how do you know when it’s the right time to turn to our Morris Plains TMJ dentist for diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment? Some of the most common indications to be aware of are jaw tenderness, pain while chewing, your jaws locking up or clicking, and general facial pain, which may occur all the way up to the ear area. Why does this problem develop, though? One day your jaw feels fine, and the next you’re having discomfort. As with many issues, it may progress slowly as with arthritis or disk erosion; or it could be the result of an accident or injury. The level of pain can vary, from mild to severe. Certainly, with a high degree of pain, you should be examined by our Morris Plains TMJ dentist, but it’s a good idea to come back even if the pain isn’t that bad right now. Treatment options will be discussed, with the appropriate one depending on your unique circumstances and how far the condition has advanced.
Reach out to our office and schedule an appointment to come in and be seen by our Morris Plains TMJ dentist.
Attentive Dental Care
290 Madison Avenue, Suite 3C
Morristown, NJ 07960
TMJ treatments in Morristown NJ
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.