TMJ Treatment Montclair, NJ

Your temporomandibular joint, also called TMJ, connects your jawbone to your skull and performs a very important function in chewing and speaking. It is also a unique joint that moves as a sliding hinge, unlike any other joint in your body. Because of its unique characteristics, the TMJ can move out of alignment and become inflamed. TMJ inflammation can cause all kinds of other problems like headaches and facial pain that can be severe. Fortunately, there is help for your problems from dentist Dr. David St. Ledger at Upper Montclair Dental Associates in Montclair, NJ. Dr. St. Ledger offers a number of treatments to help relieve TMJ symptoms. 

Common Signs & Symptoms of TMD/TMJ Problems

  • Clicking, popping or locking when you chew or open and close your mouth
  • Pain or difficulty when you chew or open your mouth
  • Aching facial pain that can radiate to other areas of your face
  • Jaw tenderness and pain
  • Aching pain in and around your ear

Relieving Minor Symptoms

For relief of minor TMJ symptoms, you can try to:

  • Avoid grinding or clenching your teeth
  • Avoid chewy, sticky foods and gum
  • Eat soft foods
  • Take over-the-counter pain relieving medications
  • Gently massage your jaw muscles
  • Apply moist heat or ice packs to your jaws and face

TMJ Treatment From Your Montclair, NJ Dentist

If you continue to have symptoms or your symptoms become more severe, Dr. St. Ledger is here to help with several professional treatments for TMJ. He may prescribe muscle relaxants, sedatives or pain medications in addition to these treatments:

  • Wearing a custom-made splint or bite guard
  • Physical therapy stretching exercises
  • Moist heat and ice to the affected areas
  • Corticosteroid injections into the jaw joint

In some extreme cases, surgery may be needed to obtain relief. Many surgical treatments can be performed arthroscopically, which is much less invasive than conventional surgery. 

TMJ problems should be treated before they become severe enough to need surgery. Don’t suffer with TMJ! Call Dr. David St. Ledger at Upper Montclair Dental Associates in Montclair, NJ at (973) 746-6056 and get some relief from TMJ symptoms!

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