The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull. Whenever your mouth or jaw is in motion, so is the joint. Dysfunction in the joint can cause pain and restrict your ability to speak, laugh, or chew. Dr. Jay Goldstein is a dentist who diagnoses, treats, and helps prevent this disorder.
How Do You Know If It’s a TMJ Disorder?
Are your symptoms are related to TMJ? Some of the symptoms of the disorder are listed below.
- Face, jaw, neck, or shoulder pain
- Ear pressure, pain, ringing, or fullness
- Stiffness, clicking, popping in the jaw
- Tenderness or pain in the joint
- Chronic headaches
- Vision problems
- A misaligned bite, or a bite that feels off
Occasional, mild discomfort and jaw clicking are common and don’t necessarily mean that you have the disorder. Also, there are other medical conditions that can produce similar symptoms, so don’t self-diagnose.
Preventing and Treating the Disorder
Some contributing factors to TMJ dysfunction are trauma to the joint, arthritis, certain connective tissue diseases, clenching or grinding the teeth, or problems with your bite. When the cause is bite problems, those often originate with extensive but poorly done dental work or missing teeth that haven’t been replaced.
The best treatment for TMJ disorder is to prevent it before it ever starts. That’s why Dr. Goldstein has invested so much of his post-graduate education into the study of occlusion. He took a complete series of courses from the Dawson Academy in Florida where he learned how to create a balanced occlusion. If you need extensive work, he will proceed carefully and use that advanced training. When your work is done, you will notice that it feels completely comfortable, even, and solid.
If you come to him with TMJ disorder, Dr. Goldstein will be able to address your problems. If your symptoms are related to poor occlusion, Dr. Goldstein will determine if orthodontic treatment is needed, if you have restorative dental work that needs to be replaced, or if a custom mouth guard will help. A mouth guard can be used to reposition your jaw, help the muscles relax, and ease tension on the joint.
If you are suffering with jaw pain or discomfort, or any of the other symptoms related to this disorder, Dr. Goldstein can help. Contact us today to request an appointment.