What’s Wrong With My Jaw?

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Do you have jaw problems such as your jaw hurting when you try to open or close it? Does it get stuck until you wiggle it around? Do you have grinding, clicking, or popping in the joint? Unexplained headaches or ringing in the ears? If so, there may be a problem with your TMJ (temporomandibular joint). TMJ Disorder (TMD) can cause a host of problems. However, help is available from Dr. Scott Krosser of Millburn Dental Arts in Millburn, NJ.

What Goes Wrong

The temporomandibular joints (you have one on each side) are very complex structures that allows you to move your jaw in many directions. That’s a lot of things sliding past each other, and anything that interferes with that motion can cause problems.

TMD can be caused by:

  • Arthritis and other inflammatory diseases
  • Impact to the jaw
  • Certain connective tissue disorders
  • Misalignment or erosion of structures in the jaw
  • Chronic teeth grinding

In some cases, it’s not possible to determine the cause, but TMD is a very real disorder and something to take seriously. The disorder can cause problems that seem totally unrelated to the jaw such as pain around or in the ear, shoulder pain, facial pain, and pain while chewing. Those problems, in addition to the ones listed above, can impact your quality of life tremendously.

How Dr. Krosser Can Help

Dr. Krosser has completed specialized training in diagnosing and treating TMD through the respected Pankey Institute. When you schedule a consultation with Millburn Dental Arts in Millburn, NJ, he’ll begin by taking a thorough history of your problems.

Using digital X-rays, he’ll be able to see what might be happening inside your mouth, jaws, and neck. He’ll also check your bite for signs of misalignment or excessive wear to your tooth enamel.

If Dr. Krosser finds TMD, bruxism (teeth grinding), or both, he may recommend a custom mouth guard to be worn either while awake or while you sleep. A mouth guard can accomplish several things:

  • It will help protect your tooth enamel against further wear
  • It can help relieve stresses on the temporomandibular joints to improve function and relieve pain.

Most people with TMD who receive a mouth guard report improvement in their symptoms and quality of life – but not everyone. If a mouth guard doesn’t provide enough relief, Dr. Krosser can perform an occlusal alignment. Using lasers, he’ll quickly and painlessly reshape some of your teeth to improve your bite (how your upper and lower teeth come together).

If your enamel is excessively worn, Dr. Krosser can protect your teeth by using restorative dentistry techniques including dental crowns, inlays, and onlays.

You Don’t Have To Live With Jaw Pain

Get relief from those “mystery symptoms” and improve your quality of life by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Scott Prosser of Millburn Dental Arts in Millburn, NJ. Call our office at 973-957-1604. You can also use our convenient online form to schedule or to ask us a question.  

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