Ask any victim, and they will tell you temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain can deteriorate the quality of life. TMJ disorder (TMD) headaches become distractive no matter how you try to ignore or manage them with pain medications. And it doesn’t stop there. TMD causes jaw pain, painful chewing, locked jaws, and other unpleasant symptoms.
Have you been trying to manage TMD without success? Come to Modern Dental Studio in East Brunswick, New Jersey, for pain relief. Dr. Tripthi Shetty and the team offer long-lasting solutions for a painless lifestyle.
The TMJ is a hinge-like joint that connects your lower jaw to the skull. This joint has an incredible ability to move up, down, and sideways to facilitate essential functions like eating, chewing, yawning, and talking. When your TMJ is working optimally, you rarely notice its presence. But when it’s compromised, you experience numerous symptoms like:
There are several known causes of TMD. Bruxism — chronic teeth grinding and clenching — puts pressure on the jaw joint, causing wear and tear. Other causes include injury, infection, and inflammation caused by age-related conditions like arthritis. TMJ pain can last a few days, months, and even years. Home remedies like applying ice packs can work, but if they don’t bring any meaningful relief, talk to a TMJ dentist like Dr. Shetty.
Jaw pain doesn’t always need surgery or other invasive treatments. Dr. Shetty uses a customized mouthguard to prevent teeth grinding. A dental guard absorbs the pressure during teeth grinding, distributing the forces exerted to reduce the strain on the TMJs. Also, an occlusal splint puts your lower jaw in an optimal position to promote a balanced bite to minimize stress on the TMJs.
Continued use of a nightguard relaxes the TMJ, and it eventually heals to provide long-lasting relief. However, it’s vital to note a dental splint doesn’t always work for all cases of TMD. Some patients may need a comprehensive treatment plan that includes physical therapy, jaw exercises, medications, orthodontics, and other interventions. Contact us today for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Suffering from TMD in East Brunswick, NJ? Don’t be relegated to a life of constant pain or overdependence on pain medications. Instead, call (732) 432-0123 to schedule an appointment with Modern Dental Studio for effective TMJ pain treatment.
If you are seeking a dentist who is trained and certified by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), then consider working with Dr. Tripthi Shetty and her team at Modern Dental Studio of East Brunswick, New Jersey. She can evaluate you for conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea and provide reliable solutions. In addition, she is SMART certified and has completed the education required by the IAOMT, ensuring the safe removal and replacement of silver amalgam fillings in the smile.