Am I a Candidate for TMJ Treatment?
You might read the title above and wonder just what TMJ means. That is not unusual, and yet many people struggle with TMJ or TMD. If you have pain in your jaw, neck or head or you frequently find yourself grinding or clenching your teeth, you could be a candidate for TMJ treatment. In Clark, New Jersey, Dr. Joseph Preziosi Jr., D.M.D. offers patients an array of treatments to address this difficult condition.
Just what is TMJ or TMD? It is an unusual and somewhat mysterious matter that affects the temporomandibular joint (which is where the TMJ acronym originates). When you are suffering pain, discomfort or symptoms associated with a disorder of the joint, it is also referred to as TMD. As your dentist in Clark, we are going to examine the TMJ, which is the large joint that connects your lower jaw to your head.
How Do You Test For TMJ?
We will check for any difficulties you might have in opening or closing the joint or using the jaw. We are going to listen for any popping or clicking sounds that may occur, and even gauge the function of the jaw to ensure it is not locking or sticking in place. We are going to discuss your level of discomfort when eating or using the jaw and also discuss whether you have pain in the general region of your head and neck.
These questions and evaluations are essential to determine if you are a candidate for TMJ treatment, and to help Dr. Preziosi understand the right course of action. A candidate for TMJ treatment may learn that they need to use a night guard that cuts down on the amount of teeth grinding that occurs as they sleep – which can damage your teeth in addition to worsening the TMJ symptoms. In some instances, dental work may be the necessary solution, and this is usually due to a problem with your bite that is causing the misalignment of the jaw and bringing on the symptoms.
Contact Our Dentist in Clark, NJ for TMJ Treatment
If you are a candidate for TMJ treatment, you may also require orthodontics to align your bite and overcome the TMJ symptoms. The first step is to get in touch and book an evaluation of your condition. If you have additional questions about whether you are a candidate for TMJ treatment, or about any of the other treatments mentioned here, give us a call at our Clark, New Jersey office at 908-654-7100. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly. To learn more about TMJ, read the benefits of TMJ treatment and an overview of the treatment.