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Solving the Discomfort of TMJ and TMD Disorders

The health of your mouth isn't just about your teeth. Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders and Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) are a variety of conditions around the jaw joints and surrounding muscles and ligaments.

The team at Skyline Dental Designs works with patients to relieve their ongoing headaches and assists individuals who have been experiencing tightness and aches in their jaw. We have a variety of treatments that can reduce headaches and earaches that often lead to increased anxiety, discomfort, irritability, fatigue and stress.

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What Are TMJ and TMD Disorders?

TMJ and TMD disorders are a family of issues related to your jaw joint. If you have experienced symptoms such as pain, tenderness or a “clicking” sound in your jaw, you can achieve relief from your symptoms.

TMJ is an acronym used for ‘temporomandibular joint.’ Your temporomandibular joints are on both sides of your face, just in front of your ears. The TMJs connect your lower jawbone to your skull and assist in movements like chewing and speaking.

The terms TMJ and TMD are used interchangeably and a TMJ dysfunction may occur when the muscles and ligaments around your jaw joints become inflamed or irritated. The condition may be acute or chronic and the resulting pain may be mild or severe.

Patients typically develop TMJ and TMD disorders when the joints of the jaw and the chewing muscles do not work together in the correct way. Early detection and treatment are important. If left untreated, TMJ and TMD disorders can leave you with lasting damage.

You may experience issues with TMJ even if you have never worn braces and your symptoms can increase or decrease regardless of whether braces are worn.

TMJ can occur due to a variety of reasons. You might clench or grind your teeth, or you are tightening your jaw muscles and placing strain on your TM joint due to stress. You may have a damaged jaw joint due to injury or disease and as a consequence, have stretched or torn the muscle ligaments. As a result, the disc, which is made of cartilage and functions as the “cushion” of the jaw joint, can slip out of position.

At Skyline Dental Designs in Weehawken, we frequently treat patients who have experienced these symptoms and issues with their jaw, and as a result have developed a misaligned bite as well as a clicking, or a grating noise when opening their mouth.

Do You Have a TMJ Disorder?

If you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, you may benefit from seeing one of our expert team in Weehawken for a TMJ assessment:

  • Are you grinding or clenching your teeth?

  • Do you have sore, stiff muscles around your jaws when you wake up?

  • Do you have headaches or neck aches frequently?

  • Do you experience heightened discomfort when you clench your teeth?

  • Do you find you are clenching your jaw more frequently when you are stressed?

  • Does your jaw make a clicking, popping, grating or catching sound when you open your mouth?

  • Does your jaw lock when you open your mouth?

  • Do you find it is an effort to open your mouth, eat, or yawn?

  • Have you ever injured your neck, head, or jaw in any way?

  • Have you had problems (such as arthritis) with other joints in your body?

  • Do you have teeth that do not touch when you bite?

  • Do your teeth meet differently from time to time?

  • Is it hard to use your front teeth to tear food?

  • Do your teeth feel sensitive, loose, broken or worn?

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If you notice that you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you can come in for an appointment with one of our team. We can help determine if you have a TMJ or TMD disorder and create a customized treatment plan to help relieve your symptoms.

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Alternative Ways to Alleviate Jaw Discomfort

Not all jaw pain is associated with a TMJ or TMD disorder and here are several ways you can alleviate pain in your jaw.

The following preventative steps can help you maintain a healthy, strong, and pain-free smile:

  • Relax your face

  • Avoid grinding your teeth

  • Avoid all gum chewing

  • Don't cradle the phone receiver between your head and shoulder. Instead, use either a headset or hold the receiver to your ear.

  • Chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth

  • Avoid sitting with your chin rested on your hand

  • Practice good posture — keep your head up, back and shoulders squared

However, when jaw pain or misalignment is persistent, it is important to book an appointment with Skyline Dental Designs to determine the underlying cause.

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