If you have pain in your jaw or a clicking or grating sensation when you open and close your mouth, you might have a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. James McMenamin, DMD, is a dedicated dentist and oral surgeon who provides exceptional treatments for TMJ disorders at his private practice in Warren, New Jersey. Schedule an appointment by calling the office or requesting online and find relief from your TMJ disorder today.
Your TMJ is the joint that keeps your lower jaw and your skull connected. It stands for “temporomandibular joint,” and it operates with a mechanism that both slides and opens like a hinge. Your TMJ is what makes it possible for you to chew, speak, and yawn properly.
Many people also use the abbreviation to refer to a disorder with the joint, which is technically called TMJ disorder or TMD. A TMJ disorder is a painful condition that makes your joint function improperly, making it difficult to eat and chew. You’re more likely to develop TMJ disorder if you are:
TMJ and TMD are often used interchangeably, but technically speaking, TMJ is the joint, while TMD is the name of the condition that affects the joint.
Some of the more common symptoms of a TMJ disorder include:
The severity of TMD symptoms varies greatly. Some patients’ experience is only mildly irritating, while for others, it can be intolerable.
A TMJ disorder can last anywhere from a few days to many years and can lead to muscle pain, headaches, and damage to your teeth if it’s not properly treated.
If your TMJ disorder is less severe, Dr. McMenamin begins your treatment with more conservative approaches and noninvasive solutions like:
He might also recommend lifestyle changes like:
For some, these conservative treatments significantly improve their condition. Others might need more aggressive treatments. Some of the more advanced treatments for a TMJ disorder include:
Dr. McMenamin works with you to determine what’s the best approach in your particular case.
Request a TMJ disorder consultation with Dr. McMenamin today and put your pain in the past.