TMJ Treatment Specialist

Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville

Patti Swaintek-Lamb, DMD

Cosmetic Dentist & Sleep Apnea Dentist located in Bernardsville, NJ

If you’re experiencing pain or tenderness in your face or jaw, it’s possible that your pain is caused by a TMJ disorder. TMJ can impact your ability to chew, eat, and even talk. According to the American Dental Association, TMJ disorders affect 15% of Americans. At Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville, Patti Swaintek-Lamb, DMD, utilizes the latest in advanced technology to diagnose and treat symptoms of TMJ. If you live in Bernardsville, New Jersey, and are experiencing uncomfortable jaw pain, call or make an appointment online.

TMJ Treatment Q & A

What is TMJ?

TMJ or TMD is temporomandibular joint dysfunction that causes pain and tenderness in the mouth and jaw. The temporomandibular joints consist of joints and muscles in the jaw responsible for opening and closing your mouth. Mobility in the jaw muscles and ligaments are used to perform essential tasks like talking and eating.

What are the symptoms of TMJ disorders?

TMJ disorders can either be painful or cause symptoms that may be hard to identify without a proper medical exam. The noticeable symptoms of TMJ disorders include:

  • Facial pain or tenderness
  • Lockjaw
  • Frequent headaches
  • Jaw muscle pain
  • Speech irregularities
  • Difficulty opening or closing your mouth
  • Pain with chewing
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Aching in and around your ear
  • Pain in the lower jawline
  • Clicking sound in one or both of the temporomandibular joints

What causes TMJ disorders?

TMJ can be caused by a variety of factors and can be hard to diagnose. Symptoms may not appear to be related to your oral health at first and should be diagnosed by a dental care physician. The various causes of TMJ disorders include:

  • Various types of arthritis
  • Jaw dislocation
  • Impact or injury to the jaw
  • Misalignment of teeth or jaw
  • Chronic teeth grinding
  • Diseased tissue affecting the joints
  • Chronic clenching of teeth

TMJ disorders affect day to day functionality that allows you to smile, talk, and eat. Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville can help you get relief by diagnosing your pain and developing treatment options for TMJ.

How are TMJ disorders diagnosed?

Dr. Swaintek-Lamb utilizes advanced technology in order to accurately diagnose TMJ disorders. If she suspects that your symptoms might be caused by TMJ, Dr. Swaintek-Lamb performs testing that includes a basic exam and diagnostic test.

A basic exam involves Dr. Swaintek-Lamb closely examining the range of motion and movements in your jaw. She listens and feels around your jawline to identify sources of pain and abnormalities.

Diagnostic tests include sonography and electromyography technologies that can be utilized to monitor and identify specific muscles to locate the problem areas.

How are TMJ disorders treated?

TMJ disorders treatments vary based on the muscles and tissues affected. Dr. Swaintek-Lamb provides many TMJ treatment options to relieve symptoms, including:  

  • Medications
  • Therapy
  • Injections
  • TMJ arthroscopy
  • Arthrocentesis
  • Modified condylotomy
  • Restructuring

Dr. Swaintek-Lamb is an LVI trained dentist providing comprehensive care of your teeth, as well as the muscles and joints of the head and neck to ease discomfort. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of TMJ, call or book online with Dr. Patti Swaintek-Lamb to receive a full medical exam and consultation.