TMJ Therapy – Manahawkin, NJ
Tired of Living with Jaw Pain?
Your lower jaw is connected to your head by the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) located on either side of the skull just in front of the ear. A strained or injured TMJ can cause persistent jaw pain, and it may even contribute to discomfort in your head, neck, shoulders, and lower back. These TMJ disorders may not be life-threatening, but it’s important that you call Dr. Young as soon as you think you might have developed one; the sooner you do, the sooner you can look forward to finding relief through TMJ therapy in Manahawkin, NJ!
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There are several possible signs of a TMJ disorder. In addition to persistent jaw or facial pain, you might also experience recurring migraines or earaches. It’s also common to hear a popping or clicking sound whenever you move your jaw, and there’s a very good chance your teeth will grind together at night. Before we can treat your TMJ disorder, we’ll need to perform a thorough examination and determine the nature of the issue; once we’ve done that, we can decide what procedures are necessary to restore your overall health.
Equilibration/ Occlusal Adjustments
One possible cause of a TMJ disorder is that the upper and lower arches of teeth might not fit together properly whenever you close your mouth. This means that the pressures of your bite aren’t being distributed correctly, and your TMJ is feeling the strain. By adjusting the biting surfaces of the teeth, we can help you find relief for your TMJ disorder by removing the direct cause of the stress. These adjustments may involve removing enamel or applying composite resin to strategic areas.
Bruxism (the act of grinding your teeth together at night) is also often the source of TMJ pain. It’s not always entirely clear why the grinding occurs, but it is typically linked to stress. In any case, you can protect your TMJ and the rest of your mouth with an oral appliance called an occlusal splint, which prevents the upper and lower teeth from coming into contact with each other. These splints also adjust the jaw in order to find its ideal resting position.