TMJ Therapy in Long Valley, NJ
Find Relief From Your Jaw Pain
Do you suffer from constant jaw pain? While it’s easy to dismiss some facial discomfort as only natural, the fact is this tension could be symptoms of an underlying condition known as Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (TMJ Disorder/TMD). You deserve to live comfortably and without persistent pain in your jaw, but finding relief requires professional dental intervention. That’s why Dr. Rogler is proud to provide TMJ therapy for people whose jaw muscles feel strained, weakened, or tense.
What is TMD?
TMD or TMJ Disorder is a common condition that describes a consistently overworked, pained, or strained jaw muscle. While symptoms vary depending on the patient, this disorder is characterized by severe headaches, jaw pain, and teeth grinding. TMD usually stems from excessive pressure on the jaw muscle due to injury, bite misalignment, stress, etc. These conditions gradually wear out the joint and cause it to feel constantly tense, even while you’re sleeping or trying to relax.
If you’re suffering from TMD symptoms, it’s important to schedule an appointment at our Long Valley office so Dr. Rogler can determine the cause of your pain. With the proper treatment plan, you’ll be able to relieve your TMD and free yourself from the discomfort.
Causes of TMD
Most cases of TMD are caused due to excess stress put on the jaw muscle. Patients may have other reasons for experiencing discomfort, with symptoms generally getting worse the longer they wait for professional care.
Other proven causes of TMD include:
– Teeth erosion
– Bruxism or teeth grinding during sleep
– Muscle or joint damage due to past injury
– Cartilage damaged from arthritis
– “Bad bite” or misaligned teeth
If you experience any discomfort, it’s important to visit a qualified dentist such as Dr. Rogler to receive proper dental treatment and avoid potentially worse TMD symptoms.
Symptoms of TMD
It’s important to identify the symptoms of TMD and not write them off as normal facial pain. If you are suffering from the following issues, you may be suffering from TMD. Thankfully, you can find relief for your pain through treatment solutions from Dr. Rogler.
– Persistent head, neck, shoulder, or jaw pain
– Jaw stiffness or weakness
– Frequent “popping” sensation from jaw
– Teeth grinding during sleep
– Tinnitus or ringing in your ears
– Worn down, fractured, or loose teeth
– Dizziness or loss of balance
– Restless nights
TMJ Therapy Options
Custom Oral Appliances
TMD is often the result of a long-misaligned bite or habitual teeth grinding, so resolving these issues can allow your jaw to rest and recover. That’s why Dr. Rogler offers effective and comfortable oral appliances to help your facial joint heal itself. These customized mouthguards help mitigate the effects of nighttime teeth grinding and clenching. Our office designs these oral appliances to fit your mouth perfectly and adjust where your jaw sits.
Oral appliances are effective for alleviating the pressure and misalignment that often cause overwhelming jaw pain. Discover this solution and how it can help relieve your symptoms of TMD by calling (908) 850-0506 to schedule a consultation at our Long Valley office.
If you suffer from mild to moderate symptoms of TMD, you can help heal your jaw and loosen your aching muscles with light massage exercises. Dr. Rogler will advise you more on pressure points in your jaw to target your specific symptoms. These exercises are specifically designed to aid in your TMJ therapy and can be completed virtually anywhere for instant stress relief. Whether it’s at work or before bed, these therapeutic massages can increase blood flow to your jaw for better healing.
Dr. Rogler and our expert staff want your treatment to go smoothly and quickly. Therefore, we may recommend cutting out tough or crunchy foods as we begin your TMJ therapy. These dietary adjustments can help reduce strain and pressure on your jaw from chewing.
These recommendations are not permanent — you can reintroduce all the foods you love once your pain is managed and you’ve expanded your jaw’s range of motion.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does TMD go away on its own?
Your TMD symptoms won’t typically go away without professional treatment. If you ignore your pain, you risk developing further complications with your jaw muscle and joints. This may require you to undergo more invasive procedures. It’s important to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rogler if you believe you may be experiencing any symptoms of TMD.
When should I see a doctor for TMD issues?
You should see a doctor for TMD as soon as you notice you’re experiencing any symptoms. Treatment for TMD is quicker and easier when the condition is caught early in patients. Contact our office to speak with one of our staff members about scheduling a consultation with Dr. Rogler. If left untreated, TMD can cause you more serious pain and discomfort.
Will treating my TMD require surgery?
Most patients will be able to achieve relief from their TMD without the need for surgery after using an oral appliance and implementing lifestyle changes. Dr. Rogler will examine your mouth and only recommend surgery if it’s absolutely necessary. While most cases don’t require an invasive procedure, surgery can provide some patients with a permanent solution to their TMD.
Find Relief With TMJ Therapy
Don’t let your jaw pain get in the way of your life anymore. Dr. Rogler and our expert staff provide a range of TMJ therapy options to help your jaw relax and heal. Custom oral appliance treatments, along with massage techniques and an adjusted diet, will dispel the overwhelming jaw pressure that’s causing your TMD. Learn more about TMJ therapy by calling us at (908) 850-0506 to schedule an appointment or by filling out our contact form.