TMJ & Surgery

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMJ, can cause pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement.

The exact cause of TMJ disorder is often difficult to determine. Your pain may be a result of a range of problems, such as arthritis or jaw injury. Sometimes it’s related to your bite and how your teeth fit together. Other times, it’s the result of clenching or grinding one’s teeth. And other times, stress in your life can cause it.

TMJ is treated on an individual basis and sometimes requires special x-rays. Braces can be a successful treatment for some suffering from TMJ, but in some cases there is the need for extensive dental work, physical therapy, joint surgery and/or occlusal splint therapy (similar to a custom made mouthguard). Dr. Cohen is able to construct his own custom mouth guards using a digital impression. This is tomorrow’s orthodontic technology available exclusively at his offices.

Orthodontic and orthognathic (jaw) surgery is often required for severe skeletal discrepancies that cannot be successfully corrected with just braces.

The only way to find out how your particular TMJ case can be treated is to call our office at (856)888-1970 for a consultation.

We look forward to seeing how we can help!

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