Currently, over ten million people may suffer from TMJ disorder, or TMD. This serious disorder may cause a variety of painful symptoms to develop in the face and upper body. At The Silverstrom Group, we provide treatment to address TMD-related symptoms. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, explain the common causes of TMJ disorder. They also recommend a simple treatment option to ease TMD pain. The Common Causes of TMJ Disorder TMJ disorder develops when excessive stress is placed on the temporomandibular joints. These joints connect the jaw to the skull and control all jaw movement. A variety of factors can lead to strain on the jaw joints. The two most common cause of jaw joint strain are bruxism, or teeth grinding, and malocclusion, or bite misalignment. TMD Symptoms How do you know if you suffer from TMD? There are multiple symptoms to watch for, including: · Popping or clicking sensation in the jaws · Headaches · Earaches tinnitus · Neck and shoulder pain · Facial pain and toothaches · Tooth sensitivity If you experience one or more of these symptoms on a regular basis contact yourLivingston NJ general dentists today. Treating TMJ Disorder In order to treat your TMD, your Livingston dentists will first need to pinpoint the cause, and assess the severity, of your disorder. From there, they may recommend everything from compresses and muscle exercises. For more advanced cases, Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom may suggest an intraoral device. Similar to a night guard, this oral appliance addresses both malocclusion and bruxism. The device repositions the jaw to correct misalignment and prevents the upper and lower teeth for touching to ease teeth grinding. Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston NJ General Dentists Do you exhibit the signs of TMJ disorder? Then talk to your Livingston NJ general dentists today. Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom will diagnose the cause and severity of your TMJ disorder and prescribe the appropriate treatment. 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.