TMJ Treatment

Today, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is one of the most common causes of facial pain and stiffness. While it can be uncomfortable, Dr. Yeh and Associates offer general and preventative dentistry treatments to help people manage their TMJ discomfort.

11 to 12 Million Adults Suffer from TMJ Disorder

According to research published by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 11 to 12 million adults in the United States suffer from discomfort in the temporomandibular joint region. TMJ disorder is a chronic condition characterized by pain and discomfort in the jaw joints, often accompanied by migraine headaches, ear pain, clicking or grating noises when opening your mouth, and difficulty chewing.

If you’ve been dealing with these symptoms for too long and are looking for an effective TMJ treatment plan to help reduce these problems, you can get back to living a healthier life without constant jaw soreness. 

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But before embarking on a TMJ treatment journey, it’s essential to get educated on all aspects of this disorder to make informed decisions about your care. Treating TMJ disorder requires a multifaceted approach and individualized care.

Often, this starts with muscular exercises to strengthen TMJ muscles that have weakened due to bruxism (or teeth grinding and jaw clenching), paired with a dental night guard to relieve the stress on the TMJ joint. Non-surgical options often provide significant relief in TMJ treatment. However, more invasive methods (like surgery) may be necessary if conservative methods are ineffective.

Focusing on TMJ self-care is essential in TMJ treatment as it can reduce pain, improve function, and promote healing. Additionally, working closely with your Bloomfield general dentist can help you decide which TMJ treatment procedure is best for your specific diagnosis. 

Are you interested in TMJ treatment near Montclair, NJ?

If you’re looking for the best dentist near Montclair, Bloomfield, or surrounding areas, look no further. Book your next dental appointment at Dr. Yeh and Associates by calling (973) 338-9595 or messaging us online.

Additionally, feel free to read through our frequently asked questions about TMJ treatment, sleep mouth guards, and bruxism treatment (and make sure to write down and bring your other questions to your next dental appointment at our Bloomfield, NJ, dental office):  

1. What is bruxism?

Bruxism happens when individuals clench their jaws and grind their teeth, typically during sleeping or stressful moments.

2. Why do I grind my teeth in my sleep?

Although bruxism can be caused by stress and anxiety disorder, it often occurs during sleep and is more likely triggered by an abnormal bite, missing or crooked teeth, or a sleep disorder (like sleep apnea).

3. How can I find out that I grind my teeth?

Since teeth grinding and jaw clenching often happen while asleep or unconsciously, most people are oblivious that they suffer from bruxism. Still, a dull, constant headache, sore jaw, and fatigue are telltale bruxism signs. Also, your dentist might see signs of erosion at your dental appointment, which could indicate TMJ disorder and bruxism.