The temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw play a wide range of roles. They give you the ability to open your mouth to speak, bite off food, and make various facial expressions. The joints also include a small disk or cartilage that allows a mild amount of slippage. This aids in your ability to grind and chew tough foods before swallowing.
When inflammation, physical defects, or dysfunction affects these joints it can cause significant discomfort. Often associated with the term TMJ disorder, these symptoms can hamper your overall quality of life.
This could include a persistent ache in the muscles in front of your ears or around the temples. This could also be associated with increased occurrence of tension headaches. TMJ disorder can also cause discomfort in the temporomandibular joints when biting down hard and an uncomfortable clicking sensation.
In a situation like this, you should schedule an appointment at Stephen Kwitnicki, DDS to have the severity of your TMJ disorder accurately diagnosed. Once Dr. Stephen Kwitnicki has assessed your TMJ disorder symptoms he can help determine the contributing factors to develop an effective treatment strategy.
Some of the more common causes of TMJ disorder could include a past dislocation in one of the temporomandibular joints, arthritis issues, or complications from unresolved night grinding.
In many cases, TMJ disorder symptoms can be improved by simple lifestyle modifications. This could call for eating a diet based on soft foods, taking anti-inflammatory medications, using hot or cold packs, and basic facial stretches. If your TMJ disorder symptoms are associated with chronic night grinding, Dr. Stephen Kwitnicki might recommend sleeping with a dental guard in your mouth.
If you live in the Union, New Jersey, area and are experiencing symptoms of TMJ disorder, we invite you to call 908-688-1160 to have it diagnosed and treated at the dental office of Stephen Kwitnicki, DDS.