Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction and Bruxism in Holmdel, NJ

The temporomandibular joint is a crucial hinge that connects your jawbone to the skull, thus controlling the jaw movement. If you’re unable to move your jaw normally, or if you’re experiencing maxillofacial pain, you are said to be suffering from temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or temporomandibular disorder.

Bruxism plays a significant role in the development of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), although in most cases, TMD is caused by a combination of factors. Bruxism is the clenching or grinding of teeth.

Some people experience bruxism while they’re awake, while for others, it happens during sleep. Research has shown that bruxism is linked to stress and other psychosocial factors such as anxiety and depression. That is, if you’re highly anxious, you’re likely to clench or grind your teeth unconsciously, with the result being temporomandibular joint dysfunction.

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction is painful and uncomfortable and affects the quality of your life. If you’ve been experiencing pain in your face, jaw, neck, and ear areas, visit our dentist in Holmdel, NJ, for diagnosis and treatment.

Diagnosis and Treatment

During your appointment, Dr. Dipika T. Shah will conduct a series of checks to determine whether you’re showing signs of bruxism-related TMD. In particular, our dentist will:

  • Instruct you to open and close your mouth to check for our motion range and whether your jaw is making any clicking or popping sounds.
  • Press of your jaw areas to determine sites where discomfort or pain is felt.
  • Perform dental x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs to get further insights into your condition.

Depending on the outcome of the diagnosis, our dentist in Holmdel, NJ, will prescribe treatment.

Usually, temporomandibular joint dysfunction that’s linked to bruxism requires a multi-factorial or combination treatment approach. Treatment options include:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Patient education
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Oral splints and mouthguards
  • Surgical intervention for severe or complicated cases of TMD

Why Dr. Dipika T. Shah in Holmdel, NJ?

Dipika T. Shah, DDS, has many years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Our dental office in Holmdel, NJ, is friendly and welcoming, and all dental staff works toward the primary goal of ensuring the well-being of all our patients.

Besides treating you for TMD and bruxism, our doctor will go the extra mile to ensure you get all the information you need to feel empowered to make the right decisions for your oral health. As far as your oral well-being is concerned, Dr. Shah is the listening and caring partner that you need.

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