TMJ Therapy – Florence, NJ

Personalized Relief for Headaches & Jaw Pain

Does your jaw hurt when you chew or talk? Does it always seem to feel stiff? Do you struggle with stubborn headaches that over-the-counter medicine can’t tackle? If so, your temporomandibular joints (TMJ), which are the hinges just in front of your ears that allow you to move your jaw, might be strained or injured. At Florence Dental Studio, Dr. Joe and Dr. Dara can examine these joints to determine whether you have TMJ disorder (TMD) and come up with a comfortable, effective solution. If you’re ready for personalized relief for headaches and jaw pain, contact our dental office today to learn more about TMJ therapy from our Florence, NJ dentist!

Woman in need of T M J therapy holding jaw in pain

Why Choose Florence Dental Studio for TMJ Therapy?

  • Nitrous Oxide Sedation Available for Anxious Patients
  • Same-Day Emergency Dental Appointments Available
  • Goop-Free, Comfortable Digital Dental Impressions

What Is TMJ/TMD?

Man in need of T M J therapy holding jaw

Your teeth are just one part of the intricate network of muscles and bones that make up your mouth, jaw, neck, and face. Even the slightest problem with your TMJs can throw this delicate system off balance and cause widespread symptoms like chronic pain, soreness, and stiffness.

Our dentists can look over your TMJs during your routine checkups to make sure your jaws have a full, comfortable range of motion. If that’s not the case, then we can develop a plan to relieve your jaw pain and treat your TMD with non-invasive, conservative methods.

Equilibration / Occlusal Adjustments

Digital x-rays used for equilibration and occlusal adjustments

An equilibration/occlusal adjustment is a fancy term for a minor procedure that involves gently reshaping your teeth so that the upper and lower arches come together in a more comfortable, functional way. Sometimes, certain parts of your teeth can face extreme pressure when you close your mouth, which painfully stimulates the nerve in the socket. We’ll capture digital impressions of your teeth to locate these problem areas and carefully correct them to relieve the pressure.

Occlusal Splints

Model smile with occlusal splint in place

If the jaw becomes slightly misaligned (which may occur for a number of reasons), it can result in bruxism – a condition where you unconsciously clench and grind your teeth in your sleep. A small device called an occlusal splint can likely fix this problem. All you have to do is wear this mouthpiece to bed, and it gradually situates your jaw into a more natural, beneficial position. Your jaw will then gradually start to assume this position in your waking life, preventing future jaw pain and dysfunction.