TMJ Treatment – Little Ferry, NJ 

Personalized Solutions for Chronic Jaw Pain

If you’ve been struggling with frequent jaw pain, there might be a problem with your temporomandibular joints, or TMJ. These tiny joints are located just in front of your ears and allow you to open and close your mouth as well as move your jaw from side to side. Because the TMJ are so delicate, any dysfunction could result in severe pain. At Erin Dental, we offer personalized treatment for TMJ disorder (TMD), and you can get the relief you need by calling our dental office to schedule an appointment for TMJ treatment in Little Ferry, NJ.

Why Choose Erin Dental for TMJ Treatment?

  • Comfortable, Custom-Fit Occlusal Splints
  • Dental Insurance Welcome & Maximized
  • Friendly Dentist Who Speaks English & Spanish

Diagnosis & Treatment

Man in pain before T M J diagnosis and treatment

In addition to jaw pain, TMJ disorder may present several other symptoms, including:

  • Difficulty opening and closing the mouth.
  • Clicking or popping sounds when moving the jaw.
  • Frequent headaches or migraines.
  • Pain in the ears, neck, and/or shoulders.

TMD has various possible causes, from bruxism (chronic teeth grinding), stress, arthritis, or injury to the jaw or face. Dr. Peters will perform a detailed exam to identify the cause of your jaw pain, and if TMD is to blame, then she can recommend a treatment plan.

Equilibration / Occlusal Adjustments

Animated smile misaligned before equilibration and occlusal adjustment

Sometimes, your jaw joints might be strained by a misaligned bite. When a dental restoration or tooth isn’t even with the arch as a whole, it can throw off the balance of your biting force, placing undue pressure on your jaw joints. With equilibration / occlusal adjustments, Dr. Peters can precisely file down the specific areas that are causing the problem, bringing your overall bite into the proper alignment.

Occlusal Splints

Closeup of dental patient placing an occlusal splint

Perhaps the simplest way to treat TMD is with a mouthguard-like device called an occlusal splint. Made from durable yet comfortable plastic, the splint fits over your teeth to create a barrier between the upper and lower arches. It also gently repositions your jaws to relieve the stress on your TMJs. Often, patients are able to enjoy permanent relief from their TMD symptoms after mere months or even weeks of wearing their occlusal splints to bed every night.