Are you one of the over ten million people suffering from jaw pain due to TMJ disorder? In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, explain the causes of TMD and recommend treatment options.


TMJ disorder occurs when excessive stress is placed on the temporomandibular joints. These joints connect the jaw to the skull and control all jaw movement. Every motion necessary to eat or even speak involves using our TMJ. When our jaw joints are strained, we can experience a litany of painful symptoms.

Symptoms and Causes of Jaw Joint Pain

How do you know if you suffer from TMJ disorder? Patients with TMD report an array of similar symptoms, including:
A popping or crackling sensation in the jaw

· Jaw and face pain

· Neck and shoulder pain

· Headaches and migraines

· Earaches and tinnitus

· Tooth sensitivity and toothaches

Two of the most common causes of TMJ disorder are bruxism, or teeth grinding, and bite misalignment. These issues place unnecessary stress on the jaw joints, leading to the onset of TMD.

Treating TMJ Disorder

Your Livingston NJ general dentists offer three comfortable and minimally invasive treatment options to address TMD.

· Bite Therapy: After examining your jawbones, muscles, and jaw joints, your Livingston dentists may recommend a series of muscle exercises to strengthen your jaw and ease the tension on your joints.

· Splint Therapy: In order to address teeth grinding, Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom may prescribe an oral appliance. Similar to a night guard, this device prevents the upper and lower teeth from touching during sleep, ending episodes of teeth grinding.

· NTI Therapy: Approved by the FDA, this device attaches to the two front teeth and aids in the prevention of teeth clenching, another common cause of TMJ disorder.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston NJ General Dentists

Do you find yourself exhibiting the painful symptoms of TMJ disorder? Then talk to your Livingston NJ general dentists today. Drs. David and Gary Silverstrom will assess the cause and severity of your TMJ disorder and recommend treatment. At The Silverstrom Group, we offer the latest in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to transform the health and beauty of our patients’ smiles.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.