Many people grind and clench their teeth. These parafunctional habits can create headaches and tenderness of the jaw muscles and joints. Although stress is often a factor, these symptoms are usually related to problems with the jaw muscles and the jaw, or TM (Temporomandibular) Joint a condition known as TMJ or TMD.
Dr. Rajeev Upadya is one of the leading dentists in the country for the treatment of TMJ disorders and TMJ symptoms and the complex dental problems that occur as a result of long term TMJ Disorder. After a thorough oral health exam and analysis of your bite at his Summit, NJ area dentist office, Dr. Upadya will make recommendations for the most effective course of treatment to relieve your TMJ symptoms.
What Causes TMJ?
TMJ disorders develop for many reasons and are often the result of several issues with your jaw and bite. You might clench or grind your teeth, tightening your jaw muscles and stressing your TM Joint. Or, you may have a damaged jaw joint due to injury or disease. Crooked teeth can also cause stress on the jaw and result in TMJ.
Whatever the cause, the results may include excessive tooth wear, chronic headaches, clicking or grinding noises in the TM Joint, as well as pain or difficulty in opening or closing one’s mouth.
TMJ Symptoms and Signs
The TMJ symptoms vary greatly from patient to patient. TMJ symptoms often mask themselves or are similar to those of other medical conditions, making diagnosis extremely difficult. TMJ pain can make daily living extremely hard. It’s important for you to seek care from Summit, NJ dentist, Dr. Upadya, if you have any of these symptoms and especially if they are persistent. TMJ Symptoms can include:
- Frequent headaches or migraine headaches
- Shoulder, neck, facial, jaw pain
- Jaw popping or clicking when opening or closing jaw
- Locked jaw or limited mobility in the jaw joint
- Teeth clenching, teeth grinding, often accompanied by worn, chipped or broken teeth
- Chronic earaches
TMJ disorders are more easily diagnosed and treated than they were in the past thanks to advancements in dental technology. TMJ can often lead to more serious oral health conditions and early detection and treatment are important. No one treatment can resolve TMJ disorders completely. Dr. Upadya will build a personalized treatment plan that addresses individual issues dependent on the cause of the TMJ pain.
Dr. Upadya will recommend an oral sleep appliance for occlusal disorders whenever possible. They are similar to sports mouthguards. They are discreet, comfortable and will fit securely because they are custom made for each patient. These plastic mouthpieces are worn during sleep to help patients stop grinding their teeth. The device also protects teeth from further wear or damage associated with constant teeth grinding or jaw clenching.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are concerned that you may have a bite problem or TMJ disorder, schedule an appointment with Dr. Upadya. He will provide a thorough evaluation of your bite function and overall dental health condition. He will then be able to offer his patients the proper TMJ treatment in the Summit, NJ and Florham Park, NJ areas.