Elegant Smiles of Matawan
Shalin Jani, DMD
Dentistry located in Matawan, NJ
Having a jaw that pops and clicks every time you take a bite or gets locked into place is uncomfortable and unnerving. TMJ causes pain in the jaw and surrounding areas of the head, neck, and face, but Shalin Jani, DMD, offers conservative TMJ treatment to relieve your symptoms. Call Elegant Smiles of Matawan, in Matawan, New Jersey, or use the online scheduling tool to book your appointment today.
TMJ Treatment Q & A
What is TMJ?
TMJ, or temporomandibular joint syndrome, is a pain in the jaw. The temporomandibular joint connects the skull and lower jaw in front of the ear. TMJ may be caused by a variety of medical problems or physical trauma. Both men and women can be affected by TMJ but it is more common in women.
What kind of doctor do I see for TMJ?
A primary care doctor will likely refer you to an oral and maxillofacial specialist, an ear, nose, and throat doctor, or a dentist for TMJ treatment. Elegant Smiles of Matawan provides specialty, noninvasive treatment for TMJ sufferers.
What causes TMJ?
Many situations or diseases can cause TMJ, including:
- Injury or trauma to the jaw
- Grinding teeth
- Misalignment of the teeth
- Clenching jaw
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Natural aging process
- Joint infection
- Bone deformity
Your provider at Elegant Smiles of Matawan can diagnose and treat TMJ. Use the online tool or call the practice to schedule your appointment for an exam.
What are the symptoms of TMJ?
People with TMJ experience a variety of symptoms, including some or all of the following:
- Neck pain
- Ear pain
- Facial pain
- A locked jaw that is difficult to open
- Clicking or popping noises when chewing
- Problems biting
Discomfort from TMJ sometimes goes away on its own within two weeks or can be eased with simple home remedies. But if any of your symptoms aren’t getting better over time, call Elegant Smiles of Matawan or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment for an exam and conservative TMJ treatment options today.
How is TMJ treated?
Home remedies offer relief for some TMJ symptoms. You can try the following:
- Ice packs on the jaw
- Over-the-counter pain relievers
- Massage and gentle stretching of the jaw
- Eating soft foods
If home remedies don’t offer relief, call Elegant Smiles or use the online tool to schedule an appointment. The practice provides noninvasive TMJ treatment therapy, including FDA-approved custom night guards to keep your teeth aligned and prevent tooth grinding. Other possible medical treatments for TMJ include:
- Physical therapy
- Trigger point acupuncture
In severe cases, dental surgery or jaw surgery to relieve symptoms of TMJ may be necessary, but the practice takes a conservative approach and employs many other strategies before recommending more invasive procedures.