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TMJ and Facial and Neck Pain in Bernardsville

Bernardsville Dentist Serving Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, and Far Hills, NJ

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD or TMJ) is any disorder that impacts the proper function and alignment of your temporomandibular joint. One of the most common symptoms of TMD is facial and neck pain, though many people fail to recognize these symptoms as a dental issue. The American Academy of Head, Neck, and Facial Pain estimates that some 44 million Americans suffer from TMD, with many never seeking dental assistance for the dysfunction.

People in Bernardsville, Morristown, Basking Ridge, and surrounding areas who are suffering from chronic face and neck pain should come to Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville and allow our experienced neuromuscular dentist to check for TMD. If left untreated, this condition can lead to dental problems such as uneven wear on your teeth and a lifetime of discomfort as well.

How TMJ Causes Pain

Your temporomandibular joint is the joint that attaches your jaw to your skull. It is a ball and socket attached with a series of muscles that work together to provide the ability to speak and chew. When your jaw is misaligned, these muscles become short and stiff, which results in increased sensitivity and pain.

In addition, TMD can cause your jaw to slope downward. This may be visibly unnoticeable, but even the slightest misalignment can cause increased strain on the muscles in your jaw. In turn, your body begins to activate muscles in your neck and back, compensating for the additional strain on your jaw, which can lead to serious neck and back pain.

If left untreated, TMD can eventually cause increased muscle tension in your arms, legs, and even feet. The overall effect is generally chronic pain and even posture changes. This may prompt people to hop from doctor to doctor looking for a cure and ultimately end up being treated with various prescription pain medications. While effective in treating pain, these medications fail to address the underlying issue, which means your TMD will continue to progress.

At Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville, our neuromuscular dentist offers several treatments for TMJ which can permanently correct the problem. Using advanced technology, we can determine the exact cause of your TMD and realign your jaw to provide pain relief and a permanent solution for the dysfunction.

If you live in or around Bernardsville, New Jersey and are suffering from chronic face or neck pain, please call (908) 888-9858 or schedule a TMJ evaluation online today.

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23:27 25 May 22
I cannot speak highly enough of my experience at Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville and Patti Swaintek-Lamb, DMD along with her tremendous staff. I have been to dozens of dentists over the years and hands down this has been my best experience and I loved my last dentist before I moved away. They are a wonderful combination of professional and caring. Great kindness and respect is shown to their patients. It is very welcoming environment. For those who dread the dental visit I recommend this office that works to create a calming and supportive atmosphere. The dental work/care was excellent from beginning to end and I look forward to my next visit.
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22:31 21 Apr 22
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Christina Klausner
10:52 30 Mar 22
Dr. Patti Swaintek-Lamb is an excellent dentist, professional and always listens to what is important to YOU. She has the time, expertise and personal touch while caring deeply about your desires and comfort. My husband, myself and 3 children have been using Dr. Patti for over 15 years and recommend her in the highest regard.
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15:10 24 Mar 22
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Frank Siwiec
14:08 24 Mar 22
My two sons, 8 and 10, are both receiving orthodontic treatment from Dr. Patti and I’ve been so happy with their progress. She is very thoughtful and thorough with her plans to give them both a healthier smile.
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15:33 16 Mar 22
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13:14 23 Feb 22
Dr. Patti and her incredible staff perfectly mix professionalism and brilliance with an ability to make patients feel right at home. I have been a patient for almost 10 years and I couldn't imagine going anywhere else. From teeth cleanings to more invasive procedures, Dr. Patti's team is unmatched. Lately I have been treating for my sleep apnea. I can say without exaggeration that the device Dr. Patti prescribed and developed for me changed my life. I went from fitful nights of frequently-interrupted sleep all while snoring like a jackal, to sleeping through the night without making a sound. My wife may be happier at this development than I am. In short, whatever your dental/sleep needs, look no further than Aesthetic Dentistry.
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