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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 Proud to Smile Dentistry 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 Proud to Smile Dentistry, 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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