TMJ is an abbreviation used for describing the temporal mandibular joint. This joint connects the mandible, or jawbone, to the temporal bones located on the sides of your head. These joints are flexible enough to allow the jaw to move up, down and sideways, as well as back and forth. TMJ syndrome, or disorder, is the result of that joint being affected.
The most common symptoms of TMJ disorder will be pain in the joint itself. Other symptoms involve the muscles in the jaw area becoming sore and tense as well. This can cause considerable pain throughout the face, jaw, or neck. TMJ may limit the movement of the jaw or cause the jaws to lock or become stiff. This type of discomfort can interrupt day-to-day activities. Some people afflicted with TMJ have reported a clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening and closing the mouth. TMJ may also cause a change in the way the teeth fit together. TMJ can cause headaches as well, but these generally fade when the problem is treated.
The actual cause of TMJ is unknown. Usually, women are more likely to develop signs of TMJ more than men will, though it’s unexplained as to why. For many people, TMJ will develop gradually with no specific signs or injury as an exact cause. However, trauma to the jaw itself, or to the TMJ joint has been known to cause TMJ in some cases.
Treatments for TMJ will vary. Most dental experts recommend starting with conservative treatments first because of the lack of studies on the condition. Self-care can include avoiding hard foods or moving the jaw excessively. Stress reduction techniques, and exercises to stretch and relax the jaw muscles, have been shown to bring improvement. Short-term use of over-the-counter pain medications, along with a splint or bite guard, may be helpful. Orthodontics and surgery are rarely recommended in this case. Consult with your dentist on methods which can help you with your TMJ.
At Totowa Dental Center, we strive to make every service achievable and affordable for all patients. We only accept PPO plans. Along with our accepted insurance, Totowa Dental Center accepts Care Credit and Lending Club. For more information about our insurance policies or payment methods, please call our office.
"Dr. Sherzoy is an amazing dentist who truly cares about his patients. He always made me feel comfortable and at ease."
"All of the staff is just kind and understanding with Great Communication. It really is a great place to get your teeth fixed. I highly recommend going there."
" highly recommend anybody looking for a place where they can feel comfortable and not dread going in for routine visits/work to check this place out"
"My mom needed implants and dr Pole made her so comfortable and really explain the process and make her really excited for her new smile . This place is just awesome."
"Pricing is reasonable, sometimes a little pricy, but thankfully they work with you. The assistants and Dr. Pole really make the whole thing less scary or unpleasant. "
" Dr. Pole replaced 7 fillings over 2 sessions and I just cannot say enough about her. She was so nice, so patient and very personable. "
"Love Dr. SHERZOY!! Best dentist I've ever had! Friendly staff and beautiful office. No more dental fears!"
"I love Dr. Pole. She made sure I understood everything before she did anything. Everyone around her was so helpful as well."
"I want to thank Dr Sherzoy and entire staff for for taking care of my daughter who is a self conscious teen ager really concerned about her appearance. "