The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull. When this jaw joint becomes stressed, injured or misaligned, it can cause significant discomfort and affect your ability to perform many daily functions, such as eating, speaking and yawning. The term “TMJ” or “TMD” is often used to refer to the disorders of this joint. TMJ disorders may occur due to several factors, including:
- Bruxism (chronic teeth grinding and clenching)
- Trauma and injury to the head, neck or jaw
Some common symptoms of TMJ disorders include:
- Frequent jaw or facial pain
- Grinding, clicking or popping sounds when you open or close your mouth
- An inability to open your mouth wide
- A locked or stuck jaw
- Pain when chewing or biting
- Pain and tension in the neck, shoulders or ears
- Frequent headaches
During your initial consultation, Dr. Christine Ally will perform a full exam to determine the cause of your TMJ disorder. While treatment for the problem depends on the cause and severity of the problem, there are a number of solutions available. Our dentist and team provide oral appliance therapy to help manage your TMJ and improve your quality of life, but we may also recommend jaw and facial relaxation exercises, lifestyle changes or restorative dental treatments. Your oral appliance will be designed to fit your mouth comfortably and will work to reposition the bite and jaw slightly to relieve discomfort and other TMJ symptoms.
If you have any questions about oral appliance therapy or TMJ treatment in Little Silver, New Jersey, and if you want to schedule an appointment with our skilled dentist, please contact Advanced Sleep & TMJ Center of New Jersey today at 877-652-7632.
Dr. Christine Ally is proud to provide sleep apnea treatments in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties, including Little Silver, Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Brick, Colts Neck, Eatontown, Fair Haven, Freehold, Holmdel, Howell, Lincroft, Long Branch, Manalapan Township, Marlborough Township, Middletown, Neptune Township, Oakhurst, Ocean Township, Oceanport, Old Bridge, Red Bank, Rumson, Shrewsbury and Tinton Falls, New Jersey.
¡Se habla español!