For many people, unexplained jaw pain may lead to difficulty chewing and communicating. Often, jaw pain is a direct result of TMJ disorder, or TMD. At The Silverstrom Group, we can diagnose TMD and prescribe the most appropriate treatment. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, use a fun quiz to explain the causes of TMJ and discuss treatment options.
TMJ Disorder Quiz
1. True or False: Jaw strain leads to TMJ disorder.
2. True or False: Teeth grinding and malocclusion are both common sources of jaw strain.
3. True or False: People with TMD exhibit multiple symptoms.
4. True or False: Livingston NJ general dentists offer multiple treatment options for TMJ disorder.
Answer Key
1. True. When the jaw joints become stressed, patients may soon find themselves suffering from a number of uncomfortable symptoms related to TMJ disorder.
2. True. Bite misalignment and teeth grinding both place inordinate amounts of strain on the jaw joints. Furthermore, these issues can place pressure on our teeth, leading to cracked, chipped, or worn down teeth.
3. True. Common symptoms of TMJ disorder include: Tooth sensitivity, toothaches, jaw pain, popping or clicking sensation in the jaw, headaches, earaches, neck and shoulder pain.
4. True. First, Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom will diagnose the cause of your TMJ disorder. Depending on the specifics of your TMD, we could prescribe a number of solutions. For minor cases, muscle exercises and cold compresses may relieve TMD-related pain. For more severe cases, an oral appliance may be needed. Similar to a mouth guard, this intraoral device repositions the jaw to ease the strain caused by misalignment. This same device also prevents the upper and lower teeth form touching, eliminating bruxism and easing TMJ discomfort.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston NJ General Dentists
TMJ disorder may eventually make eating, speaking, or even yawning more difficult. In order to ease the discomfort of TMD, talk to yourLivingston NJ general dentists today. Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom will diagnose the cause and severity of TMJ disorder. Contact The Silverstrom Group in Livingston, New Jersey by calling (973) 797-9345. The Silverstrom Group is located at 580 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey.