Do you have chronic headaches, jaw pain, or clicking or popping noises in the jaw? Do you have ringing in the ears (tinnitus), ear fullness, earaches, or vertigo? Have you been looking for treatment, but haven’t gotten results? If so, then we may be able to help. These are common symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ or TMD), a condition that doctors often overlook or misdiagnose. And once it’s diagnosed, treatment can be challenging.
But our experienced Edgewater, NJ neuromuscular dentists can help. We offer the latest noninvasive treatments to ensure you get the best possible results. Please call (201) 943-6644 or email Advanced Dentistry of Edgewater to learn whether TMJ treatment might help where other treatments have failed.
What Is TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint attaches the jawbone (mandible) to the skull on either side of your head. The joint has complex functions, allowing great freedom of movement. But the freedom of movement comes at a price: it can be vulnerable to damage and misalignment. The joint is also close to many other important systems, like nerves, blood vessels, and muscles.
TMJ not only leads to joint problems, it can impact other nearby systems. The symptoms can even spread through the body.
Symptoms of TMJ
Common symptoms include:
- Jaw pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Clicking or popping in the jaw
- Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears
- Ear fullness
- Broken teeth, fillings, or crowns
- Collapse of the facial structure
- Tingling and numbness in the fingers
TMJ symptoms vary from person to person. This makes the condition difficult to diagnose. Many people ignore the symptoms for years. However, TMJ is a progressive condition. It worsens with time, and treatment delays mean more serious treatment, such as surgery, may be required.
Some dentists have received focused training on the treatment of TMJ. Neuromuscular dentistry is a form of dentistry that looks at the bones, teeth, muscles, nerves, cartilage, and other components as part of a dynamic system that all must work together to function properly. When one system is out of harmony with the others, it leads to problems that cause symptoms and future damage. Both Dr. Wanda Mejia and Dr. George Sepiashvili understand neuromuscular dentistry. They know how to use advanced tools to get a positive, scientific diagnosis of your condition and decide on the best treatment for you.
We know that the best treatment for TMJ is the least invasive treatment. That’s why we start with a TENS unit, a type of mild electrical massage. This relaxes your jaw muscles and helps your jaw function more freely. For many people, this is all the treatment that’s necessary. For others, this is the first step in diagnosis, allowing us to measure the optimal position of your jaw for comfort, function, and health. If your jaw doesn’t return to this optimal position naturally, we may recommend a bite splint, which holds your jaw in the optimal position to relieve symptoms. You may wear the bite splint all day or just at night, depending on your condition.
TMJ Full Mouth Rehabilitation
Once we’ve determined the optimal position for your bite, and we’ve gotten good results with a splint, we can consider full mouth rehabilitation. This uses dental restorations to achieve a bite that that maintains your healthy jaw position without need for a splint. The goals of full mouth rehabilitation include:
- Repairing teeth damaged by TMJ
- Relieving TMJ symptoms
- Helping the jaw to function naturally
- Protect teeth from nighttime grinding
- Minimal use of bite splints
We can cure pain and other symptoms related to TMJ, and we have helped many people in Edgewater and other nearby communities to enjoy relief. We are eager to help you, too.
If you are in the Edgewater, NJ area and believe you may be suffering from symptoms caused by TMJ, please call (201) 943-6644 or contact experienced neuromuscular dentist Dr. Wanda Mejia for an initial TMJ consultation.