Most people take their jaws for granted, but TMJ disorders make you acutely aware of the vital role that your jaws perform. Here at Premier Family Dental Care, you can come to us if you are suffering with pain or other symptoms in the jaw or general facial area.
The TMJ is the temporomandibular joint, and it connects your lower jaw to your skull. Whenever you open or close your mouth, you are exercising that joint. You use it to talk chew, and yawn, among other things. The simple fact, though, is that TMJ disorders are not uncommon. As many as 75% of people have this problem to some degree. Our Passaic dentist
can help. The reason that TMJ disorders develop in the first place is due to an injury or accident in most instances. However, arthritis or disk erosion can be responsible, too. It's also possible for TMJ disorders to have no obvious source. It is most common from ages 20 to 40, with women more susceptible than men. Among the signs that you should be aware of are jaw tenderness, pain while chewing, difficulties opening or closing your mouth because your jaws are locking up, or pain near your ear or in elsewhere around your face. Our Passaic dentist
will examine you and determine if what you have is related to TMJ disorders. Treatment options are available, though in mild cases, you may need no treatment at all. Sometimes, just over-the-counter pain medication is enough until the situation resolves on its own. If your circumstances are more severe, though, then the list of possibilities can include exercises and physical therapy, to oral appliances, all the way to surgery.
Contact us to arrange an appointment for an examination by our Passaic dentist
if you've noticed any of the symptoms listed above.
Premier Family Dental Care
1000 Clifton Ave
Clifton, New Jersey 07013
By Premiere Family Dental Care
September 25, 2017