The temporomandibular joints, or TMJ for short, are the joints that hinge your upper and lower jaw, making it possible to move your mouth. These joints are located on either side of your head, right below the ear. They allow the lower jaw to move from side to side and permit you to open and close your mouth. You use these joints when you chew, speak and swallow. If you suffer from TMJ disorder, the condition can be painful and cause impairments in your day to day life. At Brian Lavery DDS, your dentist near Mercerville
, we can diagnose and treat TMJ disorder to provide you with relief.
Dentist near Mercerville
To determine if you have TMJ disorder, your dentist near Mercerville
will check for tenderness, clicking, popping or difficulty moving your jaw. Your dentist may also take diagnostic films and other necessary records of your teeth to rule out other conditions that may be affecting your oral health. TMJ disorders may be caused by arthritis, dislocation, injury, tooth and jaw misalignment, stress and grinding your teeth. Symptoms include headaches, earaches and facial pain. Nightguards or bite plates can help prevent teeth clenching and grinding. A nightguard acts as a buffer to alleviate the pressure placed on your teeth and jaws. These appliances are custom designed by your dentist for easy wear and a comfortable fit. Your dentist may also recommend eating softer foods, relaxation techniques to control tension, muscle relaxants and anti-anxiety medications and exercises to strengthen the muscles in your jaw.
If you suffer from TMJ disorder, your dentist near Mercerville
can help. At Brian Lavery DDS, we provide compassionate, state of the art care to provide you with relief. Our office treats each patient with the individualized care and attention that they need to start feeling better. To learn more about our services, call today.
2312 Whitehorse Mercerville Suite# 202
Mercerville, NJ 08619
By Brian Lavery, DMD
May 9, 2017