Temporomandibular disorder, often referred to as TMJ Disorder or TMD, is a condition which originates in the jaw and, when left untreated, can cause a number of debilitating symptoms throughout the body. Thousands of Americans suffer from facial, jaw, head, and neck pain caused by TMJ Disorder each year. Fortunately for our patients at Spring Lake Dental Care, Dr. Peter Ciampi and Associates offer a variety of effective TMJ Disorder treatments.

What is the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)?

mouthpainThe temporomandibular joint connects the jaw (mandible) to the skull, and can become damaged, inflamed, or dislocated, causing serious pain. This joint assists in jaw movement and is used each time we speak or chew. When this joint is overused, imbalanced, or damaged, TMJ Disorder can develop.

TMD Symptoms

You may have TMJ Disorder if you are experiencing a clicking or popping of the jaw, difficulty chewing, discomfort when eating, facial pain, headaches, frequent dizziness, pain in the neck/shoulders/back, or even numbness in the arms and fingers. Dr. Ciampi and Associates will perform a thorough evaluation to determine if you are suffering from TMJ Disorder, and talk with you about your treatment options.

TMJ Disorder Treatment

Dr. Ciampi and Associates will recommend the most appropriate treatment to restore health, balance, and proper function to the temporomandibular joint. As each patient’s case is unique, we offer a variety of surgical and non-surgical TMJ Disorder treatment options including:

  • Bite realignment (neuromuscular orthosis)
  • Comprehensive orthodontics (such as braces)
  • Custom night guards
  • Tooth restoration

TMJ Disorder is a serious condition that should only be treated by an expert. Dr. Ciampi and Associates can provide you with the comprehensive treatment necessary to alleviate your symptoms.

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