Many people suffering from oral pain and discomfort may not realize the culprit of their symptoms could be temporomandibular (TMJ) disorder, also known as TMD. When the TMJ joints are not functioning properly, the jaw and muscles surrounding it can cause a wide range of problems. If you have the disorder, you may experience one or more of the following:
- Headaches and facial pain
- Clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves
- Difficulty biting, chewing, and even swallowing
- Clenching of the jaw or grinding of the teeth
- Inability to fully open or close the mouth
- Earaches caused by pressure or ringing
When you come in for an appointment with Dr. Jerry Strauss, he will utilize advanced technology to determine if you have the disorder. This process involves taking measurements of the jaw as it moves, as well as when it is relaxed. Based on how these measurements differ, he can determine whether your symptoms are caused by TMJ disorder or another problem. Should you be diagnosed with the joint problem, Dr. Strauss will explain your treatment options and how neuromuscular dentistry can ultimately improve, if not eliminate, your symptoms.
If you think you may have TMJ disorder, or would like to learn more about the condition, please contact Aesthetic Dental Care of New Jersey to schedule your appointment with Dr. Strauss. Stay tuned for our next blog post to read about the factors that can cause TMJ disorder.