If you believe you have TMJ disorder and have been researching the condition, including symptoms and treatment options, you have likely come across one or more myths or misconceptions regarding the condition. In this blog post Dr. Ivan Stein, a trusted dentist and TMJ specialist in West Orange, debunks some of the most common myths about TMJ disorder.
TMJ Disorder Is an Older Person Condition
Contrary to what many people believe, TMJ disorder does not only affect older adults. In fact, according to the Academy of General Dentistry, TMJ disorder is most prevalent among people between the ages of 20 and 40. In addition, the TMJ Association believes that as much as 65 to 85 percent of Americans will experience some type of TMJ pain or symptom in their lifetime.
Everyone with TMJ Disorder Experiences the Same Symptoms
No two TMJ disorder patients are alike and neither are their symptoms. Symptoms vary, depending on the cause and severity of the condition. Common symptoms include jaw pain, tenderness, difficulty chewing, misaligned bite, swelling on one or both sides of the face and headaches.
Surgery Is the Only Treatment Option
Thanks to the latest advances in TMJ treatment, surgery is not the only solution for TMJ pain. Dr. Stein utilizes the most up-to-date technology and tools to treat TMJ disorder. Many of the treatment options available today are minimally invasive and do not require surgery. Treatment options include orthotic therapy, which involves using a custom-made dental appliance that helps relax the jaw and minimizes TMJ pain. Other options include lower-level laser therapy and ultrasound therapy. Dr. Stein customizes TMJ treatment in New Jersey to meet the unique needs and goals of each patient.
Find TMJ Pain Relief Today
If you live in the New Jersey area and suffer from TMJ pain, Dr. Stein can help. The trusted dentist and TMJ specialist has helped hundreds of patients find the relief they need to live happier and healthier lives. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Stein, please call the Headache & TMJ Center of New Jersey at (855) TMJ-DOCS or (855) 865-3627 today.