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TMJ/TMD Therapy – Bergenfield, NJ

Finally Get Rid of Chronic Jaw Pain & Headaches

Your temporomandibular joints (also known simply as the TMJ) may be small parts of the body, but their responsibility is anything but. They actually connect the lower jaw to the skull and facilitate essential movement like chewing, speaking, and even yawning. Unfortunately, injury or dysfunction in this area can result in painful and even debilitating symptoms that aren’t likely to just go away on their own. In fact, undiagnosed TMJ disorder may be the primary cause of chronic headaches and migraines!

At Washington Dental Associates, we’re proud to feature the unparalleled specialty expertise of Dr. Mike Pilar, who has provided TMJ-focused care since 1997. His state-of-the-art treatment options can help patients restore balance to their oral systems and regain a pain-free smile again. Contact us today in Bergenfield, NJ to schedule your very own consultation.

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Why Choose Washington Dental Associates for TMJ/TMD Therapy?

  • In-Office TMJ Specialist
  • BOTOX Injections For Significant Relief
  • Modern TENS Massage Technology

Do I Have TMJ Disorder?

man with neck pain

TMJ disorder is complex in nature and manifests in different ways for each affected patient. It can arise from multiple sources, including a misaligned bite, untreated bruxism (teeth grinding), a facial injury, or even the onset of arthritis. If you notice any of the following symptoms on a routine basis, we strongly recommending scheduling a consultation:

  • Prolonged, chronic pain in the face, jaw, head, neck, and/or shoulders
  • Constant headaches/migraines with no clear cause
  • Difficulty with fully opening and closing the jaw
  • Jaw joints that regularly click or pop

Equilibration & Occlusal Adjustments

Equilibration adjustment

One of the most common causes of TMJ disorder is the presence of a misaligned or improper bite, resulting in undue pressure being placed on certain teeth. To combat this effect, Dr. Pilar may recommend occlusal adjustment (also known as equilibration) which involves the minimal alteration of certain dental surfaces in order to help teeth meet in a more balanced fashion. This approach can restore long-term harmony and allow the strained facial muscles to achieve relaxation.

Treatment with a TENS Machine

TENS machine

TENS (short for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) treatment involves the application of small electrical currents to facial areas of strain. These currents then help to override the pain signals coming from the patient’s inflamed TMJ, resulting in immediate relief for the patient. While this minimally invasive approach isn’t likely to result in permanent improvement, it works like a particularly effective massage that can help you get back to focusing on your daily life instead of lingering facial discomfort.

BOTOX® Injections

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While many patients think of BOTOX as a purely cosmetic service that reduces facial wrinkles, it can also serve as an alternative treatment for TMJ disorder and associated headaches/migraines. TMJ-related dysfunction is often caused by powerful and completely unconscious movements of the jaw muscles. Thus, a precise injection of BOTOX can limit these muscles and noticeably reduce tenderness. The treatment process takes less than an hour!