The pain from TMJ disorder can alter the way one lives. While it may seem like a vicious cycle, there are effective treatments for TMJ disorder. Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS helps many of her patients in our Holmdel, NJ dental practice through the pain and frustration TMJ disorder brings.
The TMJs (temporomandibular joints) are the joints that allow your jaw to move. They are located just in front of the ears, and you can feel them if you place your hand over the area and open your mouth. TMJ disorder occurs when the joints become dysfunctional. They may be tender, swollen, painful, and may click when you open and shut your mouth. It can even cause the mouth to become locked open or shut.
Dr. Shah offers night guards and TMJ splints to our patients suffering from TMJ disorder or those who clench their teeth at night. Clenching and grinding teeth at night can sometimes be the cause of TMJ disorder and it always makes the condition worse. The night guard is made to protect your teeth and cushion your jaw during clenching. You may wear it only at night or throughout the whole day. TMJ splints will be used as Dr. Shah finds it necessary.
It is important to come in for an examination if you are experiencing TMJ pain. Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS can offer a solution here in our Holmdel, NJ office. To schedule, call us at (732) 264-8180 or visit our website, www.dentistnj.com.