TMJ Treatment

Disorders affecting the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can cause pain and be downright debilitating. Dr. Daniel Butensky provides highly effective TMJ therapy to provide symptom relief. Located in Summit and Westfield, New Jersey, the Dental Studios’ experienced team provides oral appliances that combat teeth grinding, the main cause of TMJ disorders. If you notice clicking noises or pain while opening or closing your mouth, call the office or book an appointment online today.

What is a TMJ disorder?

Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) functions as a sliding hinge that connects your skull to your jawbone. One TMJ sits on either side of your jaw. TMJ disorders can cause painful symptoms in your jaw joint and in the muscles responsible for jaw movement.

TMJ disorders can make simple, everyday functions like chewing, speaking, or just opening and closing your mouth feel impossible. In some cases, TMJ disorders can be treated effectively with rest and home care. In more serious instances, you need to seek professional care at the Dental Studios.

How do I know if I have a TMJ disorder?

Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders:

  • Pain or tenderness of your jaw
  • Dull or aching pain in and around your ear
  • Pain while chewing
  • Aching facial pain
  • Pain when opening and closing your mouth
  • Clicking or popping noises when opening and closing your mouth

If you suspect you have a TMJ disorder, and come in for a TMJ screening to help find relief.

What causes a TMJ disorder?

The most common causes of TMJ disorders are bite problems, or malocclusions, and teeth grinding, or bruxism. These two issues affect bone segments that interact in the joint. The bone is covered with cartilage and separated by a small shock-absorbing disk, which normally keeps the movement smooth. Malocclusions and bruxism can lead to the erosion of the shock-absorbing disc and cause pain or strained movement of your TMJ.

How does TMJ therapy work?

At the Dental Studios, the experienced team specializes in treating TMJ disorders with highly effective, personalized treatments. In many cases, your dentist initially prescribes medication, such as muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatory drugs, to provide immediate symptom relief.

However, for more long-lasting results, the team at the Dental Studios offers custom-made oral splints. These devices, typically worn during sleep, help hold your teeth in optimal position to combat teeth grinding and bite problems. Your dentist closely monitors your progress throughout TMJ therapy.

If you think you may have a TMJ disorder, call or use the online booking tool today and schedule an appointment at the Dental Studios.

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