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The TMJ or temporomandibular joints are the joints and muscles that make it possible to open and close your mouth and to move your lower jaw from side to side. You use these joints to speak, swallow and chew. Any problem that inhibits the use of these joints is referred to as TMJ disorder. At Hidden Lake Dental Associates, DDS, your North Brunswick dental office
, we provide treatment to help relieve the symptoms of this condition.
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The temporomandibular joints are located on either side of your head, directly below the ears, hinging your upper and lower jaw. To diagnose TMJ disorder, your North Brunswick dental office
will check for tenderness, clicking, popping or difficulty moving your jaw. The primary symptoms are facial pain, headaches and earaches. TMJ disorder can be caused by arthritis, dislocation, injury, tooth and jaw misalignments, stress and teeth grinding. Teeth grinding can also exacerbate the symptoms of an already existing TMJ disorder, by placing excess pressure on the joints and muscles in the jaw. Your dentist can help prevent teeth grinding and treat TMJ disorder with a custom-made night guard. A night guard fits over your teeth, similarly to a retainer, and acts a protective barrier to keep your teeth slightly separated while you sleep. A nightguard is portable, easy to clean and may help to provide relief from a TMJ disorder. Your dentist may also recommend eating softer foods, relaxation techniques and exercises to strengthen the muscles in your jaw.
At Hidden Lake Dental Associates, your North Brunswick dental office
, our goal is to provide you with relief from TMJ disorder. Our friendly office staff and expert dentists will make you feel comfortable and relaxed whenever you come in for a visit. To learn more, call today.
4-02 Towne Center Drive
North Brunswick, NJ 08902
By Maha Kaga, DMD
June 18, 2017