Oral appliance therapy can address TMJ/TMD conditions for Westfield area patients

A condition that affects many patients in the Westfield, NJ area is TMJ disorder (TMD). TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, the joint that allows the jaw to open and close. Sometimes it becomes problematic and can develop into TMD, or temporomandibular disorder. TMJ and TMD are often used interchangeably by many of our patients but essentially refer to the condition itself.

TMJ disorder can be difficult for patients to have diagnosed because of the many elements and symptoms that are associated with it. It can cause clicking and locking of the jaw, and may also cause pain to radiate through the neck, head, and even the ears. This can make it harder for a physician to properly diagnose. However, Drs. Thomas Streko and Nina O’Connell of the Westfield, NJ area have extensive experience with the neuromuscular system of the jaw and can easily recognize when TMJ disorder is an issue. The imbalance in the facial muscles can cause excessive wear and tear on the teeth and place stress on specific joints. Patients who have TMJ disorders often complain of chronic headaches as well, an indication that TMD is present.

While there are surgical methods of treatment, many patients can avoid surgery with oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy uses a special mouth piece worn at night to help realign the jaw and reduce tension on the joint. This can alleviate chronic headaches and protect the teeth that may otherwise be harmed by this condition.

Drs. Thomas Streko and Nina O’Connell of Westfield, NJ are committed to helping patients achieve healthier, more beautiful smiles, and when TMJ disorder is an issue, they can help! Contact us today by calling 908-666-4334 and making an appointment. Patients can undergo a complete examination to determine if TMD is a true issue. This team accepts new patients.