TMJ Denville, NJ
Do You Have TMJ?
If you suffer from the jaw pain and headaches of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, you are not alone. Between 5% and 12% of the population will experience TMJ related symptoms (NIH), such as:
- Jaw pain and soreness
- Difficulty opening or closing the jaw
- Sore facial and neck muscles
- Toothaches and difficulty chewing
- Earaches and ringing in the ears
Between 5% and 12% of the population will experience TMJ related symptoms (NIH)
What Causes TMJ?
The exact cause of TMJ has yet to be isolated but there are several factors known to contribute to the condition. The following can adversely affect your TMJ:
- Teeth clenching
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Treatments to Alleviate Your Pain
Fortunately, there are a wide range of treatments that offer relief from the mildest to the most severe cases. Often, home therapies can be helpful, such as warm compresses, anti-inflammatory medication, or even a temporary soft food diet. Stretches for the facial muscles may also relieve tension in the jaw.
Dr. Adam Kimowitz and Dr. Hal Kimowitz may suggest a night guard, which is a common treatment for both bruxism and TMJ. A night guard is a custom-designed appliance that prevents your teeth from clenching together and grinding while you sleep. Similar to a mouth guard worn in sports, it is made from comfortable materials and worn over your teeth, allowing your jaw muscles to rest while also protecting your tooth surfaces.
Addressing Discomfort Caused By Misaligned Bite With Occlusal Adjustment
When your teeth feel like they do not rest comfortably together, it may be the result of a misaligned bite. Misaligned bites may be attributed to:
- Teeth clenching
- Tooth wear and erosion
We can adjust the height of your natural teeth or restorations with an occlusal adjustment, gently filing them down to deliver a more comfortable and healthy bite.