Dentist near me in Princeton, NJ offers treatment for TMJ/TMD
Patients who struggle with certain symptoms such as chronic headaches, jaw pain, and discomfort around the jaw joint might be dealing with a condition commonly known as TMJ or TMD. TMJ stands for “temporomandibular joint,” which is the jaw joint that anchors the skull and lower jaw. It allows a patient to open and close the mouth to eat and speak properly. However, sometimes it malfunctions and can cause a host of issues for the individual. In situations such as this, Princeton, NJ area maxillofacial prosthodontist, Dr. Michael Cortese, may perform a thorough evaluation and diagnose patients with treatment for the condition after obtaining a definitive diagnosis.
As a maxillofacial prosthodontist, Dr. Cortese is a specialist in occlusion and the whole mouth. He will first perform a motor nerve reflex test that will actually diagnose the cause of the TMD (temporomandibular disorder) rather than simply chasing symptoms, which is often the case.
He uses a newly designed, researched, and the evidence-based system only available in 60 centers worldwide.
How is TMJ/TMD diagnosed?
The temporomandibular joint disorder is often diagnosed with a physical evaluation and a description of a patient’s present symptoms. Patients who have this condition may complain of:
- Clenching and grinding of the teeth (bruxism)
- Locking of the jaw in the open or closed position
- Cracking and popping noises from the jaw when eating or speaking
- Soreness or pain around the jaw joint
- Chronic migraines and headaches
- Pain radiating from the ears down through the neck and shoulders
When these conditions are present, patients often receive a diagnosis from our team of TMJ/TMD specialists. At this point, the dentist will then speak with the patient about appropriate treatment options for their consideration.
Ways to address TMJ/TMD and coexisting conditions
There is a wide array of solutions available to patients who have been diagnosed with temporomandibular joint disorders and other common conditions associated with it. Below are just a few of the options that a patient might consider when working with Dr. Michael Cortese of Princeton Prosthodontics:
- Occlusal orthotic TMD prostheses
- Physical therapy and muscular exercises
- Softer diet with soft or pureed food
- Prescription muscle relaxants
- Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications
- TENS therapy
- Ultrasound therapy
- Trigger point injections
Which treatment is right for me?
It is highly desirable for patients to choose a treatment option that best fits their lifestyle and offers the most conservative options before moving forward to combined treatments. Many of the patients who visit Dr. Michael Cortese find that solutions such as oral appliance therapy using two occlusal orthotic TMD prostheses achieve relief.
Take the time to learn more about TMJ/TMD treatment options
Dr. Michael Cortese and his team at Princeton Prosthodontics in Princeton, NJ, are here to help new and current patients with a wide range of conditions that impact their oral health. If you have been diagnosed with TMJ/TMD or other coexisting conditions such as bruxism or obstructive sleep apnea, now is the time to connect with a professional who can provide solutions based on your unique situation. Call the office at (609) 552-0800 to request a consultation appointment and initial evaluation at our facility, conveniently located at 311 Witherspoon Street.