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Find an End to Your TMJ Disorder Pain

By Frechtman Family Dental of Edison
June 30, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tmj   jaw pain  

Don’t let jaw pain rule your life. Find out how your Edison dentist can help!

Are you dealing with jaw stiffness and pain? Do you notice a popping or clicking sound when opening your mouth? Is recurrent facial tmjpain driving you crazy? If this sounds like you, then you could be dealing with a common disorder known as temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ. Learn more about this condition, the many treatment options and how Drs. Saul and David Frechtman can help ease your TMJ symptoms.

What is TMJ disorder?

This group of jaw conditions causes pain and other problems for the joints and muscles that affect how the jaw moves. It’s believed that trauma to the jaw can play a role in the development of these disorders; however, sometimes there is no known cause.

When should I see a doctor?

If you are experiencing chronic or serious pain or tenderness in the jaw, or if you are having trouble opening or close your jaw, then it’s time you talked to our Edison TMJ specialist to figure out the best course of action.

How is TMJ disorder treated?

There are some cases in which the symptoms may just go away without even needing treatment, but if symptoms are persistent or recurrent, then there are some ways to ease and even eliminate your symptoms:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication: Some over-the-counter medications, like ibuprofen, are enough to alleviate both pain and inflammation. But if your pain is more severe, your Edison, NJ general dentist can also prescribe a stronger pain reliever.
  • Muscle relaxants: These medications can also be prescribed on a short-term basis (anywhere from a few days to a couple weeks) to alleviate TMJ-related pain.
  • Oral splint: Sometimes wearing this device over the teeth can not only reduce jaw pain, but also protect teeth from the wear and tear caused by jaw clenching or teeth grinding.
  • Physical therapy: Certain stretching and strengthening exercises can be performed every day to help ease jaw pain and improve mobility. Other therapies include ultrasound, icing, and heat.

If these common therapies and treatments don’t work, then surgery might be the next treatment to consider. Of course, it’s always important to talk to your dentist in Edison, NJ about the pros and cons of having surgery to correct your TMJ disorder.

Don’t let TMJ-related pain get you down. Turn to the dental experts at Frechtman Family Dental of Edison to get the pain relief you deserve. Schedule an appointment with us today!