TMJ Treatment

TMJ Dentist in Montclair
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Treatment, Options & Details

Dr. Dave Srikureja has the experience and credentials you should look for when considering a dentist for TMJ treatment.

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Dedicated to life-long learning, Dr. Dave has averaged 90 continuing education credit hours (per licensing period) throughout his career; the minimum requirements for the state of California are 50 continuing education credit hours per licensing period!

“Never thought I could say that I had a great time at the dentist. Once again thanks for changing my perspective on dentists. Would recommend this place to anyone.”

Danny G.
Patient of Montclair

Dr. Dave Srikureja, with a high-tech dental office located in Montclair, is an experienced TMJ dentist.

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Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

TMJ is a condition that affects the health and function of the temporomandibular joint (jaw joint). Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) can cause stress to the jaw joint causing an imbalance or misalignment in the bite. If TMJ is left untreated, patients may continue to experience uncomfortable and sometimes painful symptoms that may be affecting their quality of life. TMJ is a complex dental concern that should be handled with care and experience.

TMJ symptoms differ greatly from patient to patient. TMJ symptoms often mask themselves or are similar to those of other medical conditions, making diagnosis particularly difficult. Because of this, it is important to seek medical help if you think you may be suffering from a TMJ disorder.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms associated with TMD, contact our Montclair Plaza dental office.

Common Symptoms of TMJ:

Frequent headaches (especially in the morning)
Earache Popping or clicking in the jaw
Difficulty or pain when chewing
Jaw pain or discomfort
Chronic fatigue
Numbness or tingling in the hands, face, or neck
Ringing in the ears
Bruxism (teeth grinding)
Face, neck, shoulder, and upper back pain

TMJ symptoms can worsen over time. Finding the appropriate treatment can bring forth some much-needed relief. The goal is to create a personalized solution to eliminate painful symptoms, correct any damage and prevent further dental issues associated with TMJ.

Will a TMJ disorder go away on its own?

If it’s not causing severe issues, it has the potential to go away on its own. Some people with TMJ can do at-home jaw exercises to relieve temporary TMJ pain. Although, there is a risk of further damaging your jaw muscles and more. Consult with your dentist first.

Do I need surgery to get rid of TMJ?

No. Surgery will only be deemed necessary if you have severe TMJ issues and jaw deformities. Our dentist in East Hanover, NJ provides conservative options for mild to moderate TMJ problems.

Which doctor treats TMJ?

There is no direct medical specialty that addresses temporomandibular joint issues. Your best option is to see your dentist because he is the most trained in addressing issues regarding facial muscles, jaw, teeth and gums.

Bruxism/Teeth Grinding

Video 01:00 | Teeth grinding also known as Bruxism, often happens at night during sleep. Bruxism may be related to stress and anxiety, sleep disorders, an abnormal bite or temporomandibular joint.

What to Expect

To determine which treatment will work for you, Dr. Srikureja will first need to conduct a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of all aspects of your occlusal system. Treating TMJ will depend on the underlying cause for TMD. Although there is no one specific course of treatment for TMD, your Montclair Plaza dentist will perform a detailed bite analysis and oral health examination to determine the best course of treatment.

Treatment Options For TMJ:

Restorative dentistry:
We may recommend one or more restorative dentistry treatment to correct any tooth damage that may have resulted from your TMJ disorder and prevent further damage.
Custom-designed mouthguard:
A custom mouth guard or dental splint is often a conservative first step used early in treatment and not intended as a long term solution. It is a removable oral appliance that will gently reposition the jaw into proper alignment. Usually worn during sleep, and oral appliance may also prevent teeth grinding or clenching which can lead to tooth wear and contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. TMJ treatment through mouth guards, splints and night guards can help to alleviate the most common symptoms of TMJ dysfunction and prevent damage to the teeth and gums.
If crooked or misaligned teeth are the cause of your bite problem, orthodontic treatment can be an effective solution for realigning the bite and restoring oral health. We offer invisible braces for straightening your teeth and addressing TMJ symptoms.

Invisible braces, restorative dentistry, or an oral sleep appliance may help address any underlying causes of TMJ. Dr. Srikureja will work with you to create a personalized solution to restore health, function, and comfort to your teeth.

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