Dentists Discuss the Symptoms of TMJ Disorders

Do you suffer from frequent headaches or earaches? If so, the cause of this pain could be in your jaw. Among the most active joints in the body, the temporomanibular joints (TMJs) control the opening and closing of the mouth. Unfortunately, they respond poorly to stress, which can result in a debilitating condition known as a TMJ disorder. To learn more about TMJ disorders and their symptoms, read the following information from your Livingston NJ dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom.

How TMJ Disorders Develop

TMJ disorders are the result of strain on the TMJs. However, the TMJs can come under stress in a couple of different ways. One very common way is through bruxism (teeth grinding). The force from bruxism begins to wear on the TMJs, resulting in a disorder. Another potential cause for a TMJ disorder is malocclusion (a misaligned bite). When the teeth of the upper and lower jaws are not properly aligned with one another, the TMJs will suffer strain when they are forced together, causing a disorder to develop.

TMJ Disorders and Their Symptoms

You may find yourself wondering how a disorder in the jaw joints can translate to headaches and earaches. The answer lies in the body’s nervous system. You see, the majority of the head and neck is served by one major nerve, the trigeminal nerve, which supports many smaller nerves. Because these areas are so interconnected, a disorder in the jaw joints is able to manifest itself through headaches and in a variety of other ways.

Treatment for TMJ Disorders

If you have been diagnosed with a TMJ disorder, you can experience relief from the debilitating symptoms. Treatments can vary based on the cause behind the disorder, but oftentimes, bruxism treatment can relieve a disorder. In other cases, when malocclusion is the cause, orthodontic treatment may bring relief.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston NJ Dentists

Are you suffering from a TMJ disorder? If so, contact your Livingston NJ dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom today by calling The Silverstrom Group at (973) 797-9345. The Silverstrom Group is located at 580 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey.