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