Do you ever suffer from constant headaches or unexplained jaw pain? These seemingly unrelated aches might be caused by a single disorder: TMD. Also known as TMJ disorder, over ten million people in the United States are affected by this serious issue. At The Silverstrom Group, we provide personalized treatment for your TMD-related pain. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, use a fun quiz to explain the causes of TMD and recommend simple treatment options. TMJ Disorder Quiz 1. True or False: Excessive strain on the jaw joints leads to TMD. 2. True or False: Headaches and jaw pain are just two symptoms of TMJ disorder. 3. True or False: Teeth grinding and malocclusion are common causes of jaw strain. 4. True or False: Your Livingston NJ general dentists can treat TMJ disorder. Answer Key 1. True. Our jaw joints not only connect the jaw to the skull, they also control all jaw movement. Without our temporomandibular joints, we can’t eat or speak. When our joints are stressed, a variety of painful symptoms can arise. 2. True. Patients with TMD also report a popping or clicking sensation in the jaw, neck pain, shoulder aches, toothaches, tooth sensitivity, earaches, tinnitus, and migraines. 3. True. Bite misalignment strains the jaw and teeth grinding places unnecessary pressure on the joints, leading to the onset of TMJ disorder. 4. True. Depending on the severity of your TMD, your Livingston dentists may recommend muscle exercises or the use an oral appliance. Similar to a mouth guard, this device repositions the jaw to address misalignment and prevents the upper and lower teeth fro touching, easing teeth grinding. Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston NJ General Dentists For patients experiencing the often-painful symptoms of TMD, treatment is available. Talk to your Livingston NJ general dentists today. Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom will diagnose the cause of the TMD and recommend the appropriate treatment. At The Silverstrom Group, we offer the latest in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to transform the health and beauty of our patients’ 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.