Many people experience chronic pain, problems with chewing, headaches, popping sensations in the jaw, and other symptoms that may be the result of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMJ. A condition which originates in the area of the jaw, TMJ pain often radiates to other parts of the body, particularly the head and neck, and can be the source of extraordinary and debilitating pain if left untreated. Our experienced cosmetic dentist, Dr. Edward Shukovsky, can evaluate your symptoms and determine if you may be suffering from TMJ. Our practice offers a number of treatment options which can help relieve discomfort from this common condition.
What is TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint is located in the area between the upper and lower jaw, and is used to help the jaw move, such as when you talk, yawn, bite, and chew. When this joint becomes affected by overuse, imbalance, or other conditions, it can lead to pain and discomfort and a variety of symptoms that may not seem related to the temporomandibular joint.
What are the Symptoms of TMJ?
TMJ disorder can cause a number of problems that lead to pain and discomfort in various areas of the body.
These symptoms include:
- A clicking or popping sensation in the jaw
- Problems with chewing and swallowing
- Difficulty completely opening and closing the mouth
- Facial pain
- Discomfort in the back, neck, and/or shoulders
- Numbness in the upper extremities (arms and/or fingers)
TMJ Treatment Options
There are many treatment options available that can help alleviate the symptoms of TMJ. They include:
- Oral night guards or day guards
- Bite-realignment appliances
- Orthodontic treatment with braces and/or retainers
- Restorative dental procedures
- Oral surgery
Many patients who have TMJ are experiencing symptoms that may seem unrelated to the condition, and therefore do not realize that there are treatment options available. Dr. Shukovsky offers a number of treatments designed to alleviate your symptoms and help you get through your day with a significant reduction in pain and discomfort caused by TMJ.
Contact Us to Learn More about TMJ Treatment
If you think you may be experiencing the symptoms of TMJ, please contact Edward Shukovsky, DMD for more information on treatment options, or to schedule an appointment. Dr. Shukovsky can talk with you about your symptoms and help determine a treatment plan that is right for your needs.