Over ten million Americans suffer from a common, but serious, medical disorder known as TMD, or TMJ disorder. The painful symptoms of TMD often make eating or even speaking difficult. Thankfully, at The Silverstrom Group we offer a comfortable and minimally invasive treatment option to address your TMJ disorder. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, explain the symptoms of TMD and discuss treatment options.
The Common Causes of TMD
What causes TMD? TMJ disorder occurs when excessive strain is placed on the temporomandibular joints. These joints connect the jaw to the skull. In addition, your jaw joints control of jaw motions, such as the movements necessary to speak or chew. Several factors can add stress to the jaw joints. Often, bite misalignment can strain the joints. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, also leads patients to develop TMJ disorder. In most cases, patients grind their teeth at night and may be unaware they even suffer from bruxism.
The Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
Patients with TMD report a wide array of symptoms, including:
· Popping or clicking sensation in the jaw
· Jaw or face pain
· Headaches and migraines
· Earaches and tinnitus
· Neck and shoulder pain
· Cracked or chipped teeth
Easing TMD-Related Symptoms
In order to ease the strain on the joints, your Livingston NJ general dentists may prescribe a special oral appliance. Similar to a mouthguard, this dental device repositions the jaw to address misalignment. An oral appliance may also be used to prevent the upper and lower teeth from touching, ending teeth grinding episodes.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston NJ General Dentists
Do you exhibit one or more symptoms of TMJ disorder? If so, talk to your Livingston NJ general dentists today. Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom can diagnose the cause and severity of your TMD and recommend the most appropriate treatment. At The Silverstrom Group, we offer the latest in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to transform smiles. Contact The Silverstrom Group in Livingston, New Jersey by calling (973) 797-9345. The Silverstrom Group is located at 580 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey.