Dental Arts of Hoboken
Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentists located in Hoboken, NJ
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that more than 10 million Americans are affected by temporomandibular joint disorder. Michael Moawad, DMD, at Dental Arts of Hoboken in Hoboken, New Jersey, helps to alleviate your pain in and around the ear and jaw using a customized treatment plan. The goal of this treatment will be to be able to open and close your mouth for normal speaking, chewing, and yawning. If you have any questions about your jaw pain and stiffness, call the office today or book your appointment online.
TMJ Q & A
What is Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)?
Your temporomandibular joint is one of the most frequently used joints in your body as it connects the side of your head with your jaw. This allows you to effectively move your jaw so you can yawn, chew, and talk. Because of this, developing TMJ can greatly diminish your quality of life.
Causes of TMJ include a variety of factors including:
- Arthritis in the joint
- Stress causing you to tighten your jaw
- Teeth grinding
- Misalignment of your teeth
If you have reason to believe you may have TMJ, it’s important you schedule a consultation with Dr. Moawad today to avoid any future physical ailments TMJ may cause.
What are the symptoms of TMJ?
While TMJ symptoms vary, the main ones include:
- Pain or tenderness in your face
- Jaws getting locked in position
- Popping or clicking sounds in the jaw joint
- Swelling on the side of your face
- Trouble chewing or an uncomfortable bite
Dr. Moawad does a complete inspection of your mouth and face, including taking X-rays to understand if these symptoms can be attributed to TMJ. During the inspection, Dr. Moawad checks your jaw for points of tenderness or pain while listening to pops or clicking sounds when moving your jaw.
In addition, he’ll test your bite and make sure your jaw doesn’t lock when you engage your temporomandibular joint.
How is TMJ treated?
While you can do your best to prevent TMJ by relieving stress on your jaw through keeping your face relaxed and avoiding clenching your teeth, this isn’t always possible.
Because of this, Dr. Moawad uses a variety of treatments depending on the severity of your TMJ, such as:
- Pain medication: These can include muscle relaxers or painkillers to reduce your muscle spasms and pain associated with TMJ.
- Orthodontics: Specific devices such as night guards or dental splints can help to reduce your teeth grinding and muscle spasms.
- Surgery or injections: Surgery may be needed to align your teeth. Botox injections can be used to reduce inflammation and pain.
If you want to alleviate your jaw problems and facial pain, call Dr. Moawad at Dental Arts of Hoboken today or schedule your appointment online.