If you are experiencing headaches and other problems, such as jaw aches, you may be suffering from TMJ. Many patients have TMJ and do not even know it. Once diagnosed, TMJ can be treated by our Clifton TMJ dentist so that you will not need to suffer with the painful and annoying side effects of this disorder.
At our dental practice, Premier Family Dental Care, our Clifton TMJ dentist is able to help many patients who need treatment for TMJ disorders. Our expert and highly trained dentist is Dr. Shahmehdi. Dr. Shahmehdi has been in private practice for seven years as a general dentist, and has been providing exemplary dental care for our patients. When a patient has problems with TMJ, they actually are having problems with the temporomandibular joint. TMJ is actually a collection of disorders that are related to the complex jaw joint. There are many different symptoms associated with TMJ, but many of them involve jaw pain. When you have symptoms including pain or a clicking sound when you try to open or close your mouth, you will most likely be diagnosed with TMJ. Today, it is much easier for TMJ to be diagnosed than it was in the past.
Symptoms of TMJ occur when the chewing muscles do not work together correctly. If you have several of the symptoms you may indeed have TMJ: grinding or clenching of your teeth; waking up with stiff muscles in your jaws; frequent headaches; clenching your teeth from stress, makes the pain worse; your teeth meet differently from time to time; and many other symptoms. There are several different treatments for TMJ disorder, with the most involved treatment being jaw surgery. However, most cases of TMJ can be treated in other ways. Patients can help themselves by resting their jaws; eating soft food; applying ice and heat; exercising their jaws; and practicing good posture. Our Clifton TMJ dentist will be able to provide you with a dental appliance to help with this disorder, as well. A night guard can help you by keeping you from being able to clench or grind your teeth. This will also help to reduce muscle tension while you sleep; it will also help to protect the jaw’s surface. For an appointment to meet with our dentist regarding TMJ care, contact us today.