Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders

Our jaws are made up of a system of complex joints that allow us to perform essential develop complications that lead to injury and damage.

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders refer to a variety of problems relating to the jaw and the jaw hinge. Though symptoms of TMJ disorders can seem minor at first, some types of TMJ disorders can lead to more severe conditions. Early detection and treatment of TMJ disorders can help prevent future complications and significantly reduce pain.

Learn more about TMJ disorders and what to do if you believe you need treatment.

TMJ Disorder Symptoms

The temporomandibular joint is a small joint that connects the skull and jawbone. This joint works hard to allow us to perform basic human functions. TMJ disorders can arise due to any number of factors, and often result in pain and discomfort in the jaw and surrounding areas.

Disorders can develop from stress, grinding your teeth, or a damaged joint due to injury or disease. Recognizing the symptoms of a TMJ disorder allows you to seek help from an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon and prevent continued damage.

Woman hand on cheek face as suffering from facial pain or toothacheA TMJ disorder can manifest itself through any of the following symptoms:

  • Grinding and clenching your teeth
  • Sore or stiff jaw muscles when you wake up
  • Frequent headaches and neck pain
  • Clicking or popping noises when you open your mouth
  • Problems with other joints such as arthritis
  • Tooth sensitivity or damage

If you are experiencing any or most of these symptoms, consult with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon today. He or she can diagnose TMJ disorders and come up with a plan to treat your condition.

TMJ Disorder Treatment

After your surgeon diagnoses your TMJ disorder, the next step will be to develop a treatment plan. It’s worth noting that there is not a one-size-fits-all treatment for TMJ disorders. Your doctor can talk to you about the different treatment options and help you decide the best course of action.

Possible treatments for TMJ disorders include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Muscle relaxing medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Oral appliances
  • Surgical procedures

Your doctor may use a variety of these treatments to relieve your TMJ disorder. Regardless of the severity of your ailment and the treatment you receive, a reputable oral surgeon will leave you feeling better than before.

The jaw is complicated, so treating any pain or complication within it should only be handled by an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Dr. Nancy Herbst at Union City Oral Surgery has over 25 years of experience performing surgeries and treatments to residents throughout New Jersey.

She and her team are dedicated to providing high-quality care and use only the best technology and techniques to treat you. The patient’s comfort is their number one priority regardless of the procedure. Contact the office today at (201) 601-9262 to schedule your appointment.

Union City Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, P.C.

Nancy Herbst, DDS

311 33rd StreetUnion City, NJ 07087

Phone: 201-601-9262

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