TMJ Disorder

TMJ Disorder

TMJ is an acronym for the temporomandibular joint. In medicine a joint exists where two bones meet. The joint is usually surrounded by muscle, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. The temporomandibular joint connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull.

TMJ Disorders can occur for numerous reasons like:

  • Excessive and improper movements of the lower jaw wears away the bone and cartilage around the joint
  • Your teeth don’t align properly when you chew
  • Sport injuries
  • Chewing gum or biting nails
  • Opening the jaw beyond its normal range
  • As a side effect of rheumatoid arthritis

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder:

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  • Jaw pain
  • Clicking or popping sound when opening or closing the mouth
  • Reduced ability to open or close the mouth
  • Difficulty or discomfort biting or chewing
  • Dull aching pain in the face
  • Earaches or headaches
  • Hearing loss

Generally multiple symptoms of TMJ Disorder will occur across muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, bones and teeth.

Estimates indicate that nearly one in ten Americans experiences TMJ disorder, with a higher occurrence in females.

Dr. Calat advocates conservative treatments to help TMJ disorders. Surgery is only recommended if all other options have to led to improvement. We will be happy to schedule an oral surgery consult with Dr. Calat in New Jersey about your specific circumstance. Some of Dr. Calat’s conservative suggestions may include

  • Techniques to rest your jaw
  • Exercises to keep your teeth apart when not eating
  • Eating softer foods to reduce stress on the jaw
  • Application of ice and heat
  • Jaw Exercises

If you grind your teeth while you sleep a night guard may be recommended depending on your individual needs. A night guard is a clear plate that prevents you from wearing the teeth and help you relax your jaw while asleep and may provide pain relief.

contact hoboken oral surgeryIf you believe that you suffer from a TMJ disorder contact an Oral Surgeon today. Call – 201-659-6999.

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Areas Served

Dr Calat’s Hoboken New Jersey office is convenient to Jersey City, Bayonne, Weehawken, North Bergen, Newark, Elizabeth, Journal Square, Greenville, and Union City. The office is conveniently located next to the path train as well as New Jersey Transit buses 22, 23, 85 or 89. You can find a map with directions to our office here.