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Relax and Smile with TMJ Therapy

Benefits of TMJ Therapy

• Eliminates pain

• Improves jaw function

• Eliminates teeth grinding/bruxism

• Reduces potential for tooth wear and breakage

Do you wake up with a headache? Do you have chronic ear, face, neck, or jaw pain? Does your jaw click and pop when you open your mouth? These symptoms can signify temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMJ dysfunction.

How does TMJ dysfunction happen?

The temporomandibular joints hold your mandible to your skull and allow your jaw to move. An intricate system of muscles and nerves surround the TMJs. When the TMJs are misaligned, associated muscles and nerves become irritated or fatigued. This causes pain, including migraine headaches and earaches.

What causes TMJ dysfunction?

Injury, heredity, stress, chronic teeth grinding or clenching, or a misaligned bite (malocclusion) can contribute to TMJ dysfunction.

How can Dr. Miller tell if I have TMJ?

The dentist will evaluate your jaw joints, look at X-rays, and assess wear on your back teeth. This data can provide important information in diagnosing TMJ disorder.

TMJ SuffererHow can Dr. Miller eliminate my TMJ disorder?

The doctor may suggest an oral appliance to eliminate teeth grinding and hold the jaw in proper position. Called a nightguard, this appliance has helped countless patients overcome the nagging symptoms of TMJ disorder. Other therapy includes changing habits (like no more gum chewing), exercises to relieve tense or stressed muscles, building up back teeth to restore proper occlusion, or, in severe cases, oral surgery.

Will a nightguard cure my TMJ disorder?

Every patient is different. In some situations, the nightguard “reprograms” muscles to sustain an ideal position. Once the joints maintain optimal alignment, the patient can stop wearing the nightguard. Other patients’ muscles will not reprogram, so the nightguard is worn indefinitely.

Why is the TMJ appliance called a nightguard?

Most people wear the TMJ appliance at night, while sleeping. However, some people choose to wear the guard during the day to eliminate habitual teeth grinding and clenching.

What is TMD?

TMJ, TMD, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction or disorder all refer to the same condition.

What’s the first step?

Call our Fort Lee or West New York dental office to schedule a TMJ evaluation with the dentist. You do not have to live with chronic pain! The Miller Dental Arts team wants you to enjoy high quality of life and optimal oral health for years to come.