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What Are the Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Disorder?

May 21, 2022
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Posted By: Randolph Dental Associates
woman holding jaw from TMJ issues

Do you experience shoulder, jaw, or neck pain? Does your partner ever tell you that your jaw makes loud popping or clicking sounds while sleeping? If so, it’s possible you may be dealing with teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism) or TMJ problems.

These symptoms can be intolerable and negatively affect a person’s quality of life for some people. Our Randolph dental office can help patients reduce their discomfort and alleviate their TMJ symptoms with a customized oral device. 

What Is TMJ?

The acronym “TMJ” refers to the jaw joint, called the temporomandibular joint, while Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) is a condition that points to the TMJ’s dysfunction. People often use the terms TMJ and TMD interchangeably, but they are different. 

The TMJ is one of the most-used joints in our bodies, and it can become sore or painful from overuse. Chronic teeth grinding and clenching, also known as bruxism, is one of the reasons people have jaw joint issues. Other reasons may be related to malocclusion (bad bite), head or jaw injury, or arthritis. 

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Disorder?

There are various causes for painful TMJ symptoms, but a flawed bite is quite common. As you clench and grind your teeth, your jaw joints can suffer, and healthy tooth structure can wear away. Other symptoms of a TMJ disorder are:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Pain when chewing or yawning 
  • Jaw pain 
  • Pain or difficulty opening or closing your mouth 
  • Popping and clicking in the jaw
  • Locked jaw joints
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)

If you experience any of these symptoms, our team of oral health professionals can help you find a solution.

TMJ Treatment in Randolph, NJ 

Dr. Christopher Kaplan and our team at Randolph Dental Associates offer various treatments for bruxism and TMJ symptoms. Some of these treatments include:

  • Oral splints or occlusal mouth guards
  • Physical therapy
  • Relaxation therapies for managing stress 
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Prescription muscles relaxers
  • BOTOX® injections 

During your consultation, your dentist will assess your bite, examine your mouth’s oral structures, and check for signs of TMJ disorder. 

If you have jaw pain or grind your teeth, please don’t hesitate to contact our dental office today to schedule an appointment.

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