Dr. Muench and the team at Muench Family Dental have extensive training and experience in neuromuscular conditions and dentistry, enabling them to properly diagnose your condition and provide an effective TMD treatment strategy.
What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder?
Your Temporomandibular Joint, also known as TMJ, is located immediately in front of your ears on each side of your head. It acts like a hinge that connects your jaw to your skull, thus allowing you to chew and speak properly. Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD) occur as a result of problems (imbalances) with the teeth, its joint, and the muscles used to control movement. The jaw is the only bone in the body that has two joints that must move at the same time. You can’t move your left joint without moving your right- this is unique in the body and thus makes chewing complicated. While its complex movement makes it one of the most complicated joints in our bodies, it is equally one of the most used. Pain in this area can cause extensive discomfort and get in the way of your everyday life. It often starts out as subtle twinges when eating in the teeth or joints. It is seen as a progressive disease and the earlier the intervention the better. Patients often spend years going from physician to physician only to find out that it was the teeth!
Common Symptoms of TMD:
- Frequent headaches
- Neck Pain
- Sore jaw muscles
- Temple or cheek pain
- Jaw popping, clicking and locking
- Difficulty in opening the mouth fully or closing
- Ear pain
- Worn, loose, fractured, or sensitive teeth
Common Causes of TMD:
- Major and minor trauma to the jaw
- Teeth grinding
- Stress and other psychological factors
- Improper bite or misaligned jaw
- Muscle Imbalance
- Sleep Apnea
What are your treatment options?
Treatment is customized for each patient based upon a thorough evaluation. We provide an effective individualized approach based on research and many years of experience, coupled with extensive advanced study.
Treatments for TMD may include:
- Orthotics or mouth guards
- Physical Therapy for your jaw
- Soft food diet
- Adjunct Therapies
- Moist heat or cold packs
- Corrective dental treatments
Dr. Muench is a graduate of the Boston College and the NJ Dental School.
He is a master of The Academy of General Dentistry and a member of The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, American Dental Asoociation, and Acorn TMD study group. He has spent his career furthering his knowledge through continued education at the renowned Pankey Institute with a focus on TMD and other
neuromuscular disorders. After 10 years of attending, and based on his advanced degree of knowledge and experience, Dr. Muench was invited and accepted a position as a visiting faculty member at the Pankey Institute.
If you’re suffering from any of the symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, please call for an in-depth examination and consultation with Dr. Muench.