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TMJ in Hackettstown | TMD, TMJ mouth guard, TMJ treatment, TMJ Pain Management | jaw pain, grinding teeth, clenching teeth, facial pain, difficulty chewing, facial swelling

Independence  Dental  Associates,  L.L.C.

Richard J. Cleave,

General Dentistry, Implants,
 IV Sedation, Oral Surgery,
 Moderate IV Sedation Permit # 034

  Dr. Tiffany P. Chen
New Jersey Speciality Permit #06777

915 County Road 517 # 23 
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
(908) 852-2215

[email protected]

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iStock_000010826377Small.jpg TMJ is the acronym for temporomandibular joint, which connects your lower jaw (the mandible) to your skull at the temporal bone. This joint controls many jaw functions, like chewing. If the chewing muscles or the joint itself are causing you pain you may have temporamandibular disorder, or TMD. TMD can be caused by stress, continual clenching of the jaw muscles, teeth grinding, or trauma.

Some of the possible symptoms of TMD are:

  • Pain when opening or closing mouth
  • Trouble chewing
  • Jaw becoming stuck open or closed
  • Headaches or ear pain
  • Clicking or popping sounds when opening your mouth with associated pain
  • Teeth Grinding


Many of these symptoms can often be associated with other health problems, so only a dental proffesional can tell you if it is due to TMD. Teeth grinding is an especially problematic symptom because it can lead to further problems. Prolonged teeth grinding, or bruxism, can cause enamel to wear off teeth and expose dentin. This material is softer than enamel and more susceptible to decay. Sensitivity to hot and cold food or drink may also develop from excessive teeth grinding.

If you suspect you may have TMD come in for a consultation. We can help diagnose you and provide relief for your symptoms. Pain relievers such as non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, and hot/cold compresses are short term methods to provide relief for pain symptoms. A night guard can be used to help prevent or lessen the effects of teeth grinding at night. This can lead to a more permanent solution such as appliance therapy to help prevent daytime grinding and more damage to the joint meniscus.

Severe cases of TMD that are usually the result of trauma may require referral for possible surgery intervention.


Hackettstown Dentist. Dr. Richard Cleave DMD FAGD provides TMJ, TMD, TMJ mouth guard, TMJ treatment, TMJ Pain Management to patients suffering from jaw pain, grinding teeth, clenching teeth, facial pain, difficulty chewing, facial swelling in Independence Township, Washington Township, Mansfield Township, Mt. Olive Township. Independence Township Dentist providing TMJ in Hackettstown, New Jersey.