How to Treat TMJ

How to Treat TMJ
Posted on 06/20/2019

A woman is telling her Oakland, NJ orthodontist about her TMJ pain.TMJ/TMD Symptoms & Treatment Options

Experiencing pain in your face and jaw area can be extremely uncomfortable and is often excruciating. Your Oakland, NJ Orthodontists from Loeb Orthodontics can help diagnose temporomandibular joint disorder - or TMD, and offer relief with orthodontic treatments that work.

There is a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) on either side of your face, attaching your jaw to the bottom of your skull. The TMJ works as a hinge to move your jaw up and down, side to side. Whenever the TMJ is not functioning properly it could mean you have temporomandibular joint disorder - or TMD. Nearly 15% of adults suffer from TMD, and it occurs more in women than men.


Symptoms Of TMD

TMD can cause excruciating pain and trouble moving your jaw in its normal manner. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have TMD and should see your Oakland, New Jersey Orthodontists from Loeb Orthodontics:

  • Locked jaw
  • Swelling on the side of your face
  • Pain or tenderness in your jaw joint
  • Pain in your neck or shoulders
  • Toothaches
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Hearing problems or ringing in your ears
  • Tired feeling in your face
  • Clicking or grating sensation when opening and closing your mouth

The symptoms of TMJ will be easy to recognize. However, it is more difficult to recognize what caused the TMD. A TMD can occur from arthritis damage in joint cartilage, grinding or clenching of teeth, excessive use of chewing gum, and orthodontic braces. TMD can be diagnosed by your orthodontist or dentist.


Treatment Options For TMD

Oakland, New Jersey Orthodontists from Loeb Orthodontics are at the cutting-edge of technology for treatment options on TMJ. After you are examined by one of our highly trained doctors, we will diagnose your ailment and develop an individualized treatment plan for you.

Most often the treatment will be a splint appliance, such as a night guard or occlusal guard. This treatment plan could be accompanied by dietary changes, application of a hot or cold compresses, medications and exercises.

More severe cases of TMD could include treatment options such as dental restorations, cortisone injections, or lavage (washing out) of the joint. Major surgeries are a very rare treatment option for TMD but can be a possible option. Treatment options for TMD, when given enough time to work, will have your mouth and jaw back to feeling normal in no time. The wide range of treatment options are highly effective.

Schedule An Appointment Now With Loeb Orthodontics

If any of the symptoms listed above are familiar to you, schedule an appointment with Loeb Orthodontics now and they will help you to relieve any discomfort you have! Loeb Orthodontics is leading the industry in TMJ research and TMD treatment. Loeb Orthodontics proudly serves the Oakland, Franklin Lakes, and Wayne, New Jersey areas.

If you would like to review the treatment options for TMJ in greater detail, don't hesitate to contact Loeb Orthodontics by calling 201-337-3701. Their friendly staff is happy to assist you any way they can, whether it be a question about TMJ or any other services they offer.