Many of us suffer from chronic pain in the head and neck area that is often caused by temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Our New Jersey cosmetic dentist, Dr. David Schor, is Board-Certified by the American Board of Orofacial Pain—a distinction achieved by only 300 doctors worldwide—and can relieve the discomfort associated with TMJ disorder. With a number of treatments available here at our practice, Dr. Schor can determine the best option for relieving your symptoms, ultimately helping you speak, eat, and simply enjoy life with minimal to no TMJ pain.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
Chronic pain is the third most common health problem in the United States. Approximately 40 percent of all chronic pain syndromes are in the head and neck areas. TMJ disorder, or TMD, can be a major cause of this type of chronic pain, often manifesting in the form of the following symptoms:
- Pain in the shoulder, back, and neck
- Facial pain
- Popping or clicking of jaw joints
- Difficulty chewing
- Difficulty swallowing
- Numbness in fingers and arms
- Problems closing and opening the mouth
These are just a few of the many symptoms that can be caused or partially caused by TMJ disorder. Dr. Schor can design a treatment program for you that can help relieve the pain and discomfort associated with this condition.
Relief from Chronic TMJ or Orofacial Pain
During a consultation at our office, Dr. Schor can evaluate your symptoms and perform a thorough examination of your oral structures. Depending on your individual case, he will recommend TMD treatment options.
The bottom-line is, nobody should suffer from chronic pain caused by TMJ disorder when there are treatments available that can help. These options have proved to do just that for numerous individuals, and Dr. Schor can work with you to find the best solution for your needs.
TMJ Disorder FAQs
What does the temporomandibular joint do?
Located where the jaw connects to the skull, the temporomandibular joint is responsible for allowing the jaw to have a full range of motion. As a result, it is critical to our ability to chew, speak, yawn, or perform any other actions that involve opening or closing the mouth.
What causes TMJ disorder?
TMJ disorder can be caused by several problems related to the temporomandibular joint, including:
- Injury/damage to the jawbone
- Dislocation of the jaw
- Over-tightening or over-clenching of jaw muscles
- Habitual teeth grinding
- Overuse of the temporomandibular joint
Although rare, the exact cause of TMJ disorder may remain undetermined in certain instances.
Why does TMJ disorder affect other areas of the body?
Much like walking awkwardly on a sore foot can lead to discomfort in the back or hip, prolonged malfunction of the temporomandibular joint can cause pain in various other regions of the body as muscles in these areas are forced to adapt and act in irregular ways. Apart from the jaw itself, some of the most common regions affected by TMJ disorder include the back, neck, and shoulders.
Will TMJ disorder go away on its own?
Unfortunately, TMJ disorder never goes away on its own. If left untreated, TMD will often worsen over time, potentially increasing the severity of symptoms being experienced. As with most medical conditions, identifying and treating TMJ disorder as early as possible is the most effective way to resolve the problem.
If you or a friend has been suffering from unrelenting pain in the head or neck area, please contact Imagine Advanced Dental Arts to make an appointment for your consultation with Dr. Schor.