The temporomandibular joint connects your jaw to your skull. TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, refers to any of several conditions that can affect the proper alignment of your joint, causing stress and misalignment. Left untreated, TMD can lead to pain in the jaw, face, neck, and back, and also result in seemingly unrelated issues, such as posture problems.
TMJ Treatment Options in Bernardsville
At Proud to Smile Dentistry, our experienced neuromuscular dentist offers a range of treatment options for TMD. After detecting the exact cause of your TMD with our technologically advanced K7 Evaluation System, we will work closely with you to help determine which treatment option will provide you with the most comfort while effectively realigning your jaw joint.
Mouthguards, also known as dental splints, are the most common treatment for TMD. Made out of soft, comfortable plastic, dental splints slip over your upper and lower teeth to reduce tension in your jaw. These mouthguards are custom created by our Bernardsville dentist to provide maximum comfort and optimal results.
Another popular option is orthodontics such as Invisalign®. With these treatment options, your teeth will be gently moved into their most effective bite position over a period of about one year. By moving your teeth into their correct position, the symptoms of TMD can often be entirely eliminated.
Your teeth can also be repositioned with a full mouth restoration. With a full mouth restoration, our dentists will combine oral appliances or orthodontic treatment with cosmetic services such as porcelain veneers, inlays and onlays, and porcelain crowns to assist in achieving optimal bite position.
How We Can Help
The method of TMD treatment that is best suited to meet your needs is determined on an individual basis. Our dentist has years of experience and training in providing patients relief from this condition. Working with your personal needs and the exact cause of your TMD, we can help relieve your pain and ensure your comfort for years to come.
Neuromuscular dentistry is complex, and it is not uncommon for patients to have questions about how misalignment of the jaw can result in symptoms throughout the body. Dr. Patti Swaintek-Lamb has the experience to answer these questions completely and recommend individualized TMJ treatment options. If you are suffering from TMD, please contact Proud to Smile Dentistry online or by phone at (908) 888-9858 to schedule your consultation. Our TMJ dentist welcomes patients from Bernardsville, Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, Far Hills, and surrounding areas in New Jersey.