Understanding TMJ Disorders: A Comprehensive Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Relief

Jaw pain, discomfort, or a clicking sound when moving your mouth can transform simple pleasures into sources of pain and frustration. These symptoms often point to TMJ disorders, a condition affecting the temporomandibular joint, which connects your jawbone to your skull. At Promenade Dental Care in Fair Lawn, NJ, Dr. Yiska Furman specializes in diagnosing and treating TMJ disorders, offering relief and recovery to those affected. If you're struggling with jaw discomfort, let us help you find the path to a pain-free life. Contact us at (201) 797-0015 for a consultation.

Diagnosis: The First Step at Your Dentist's Office

Understanding the cause of your TMJ disorder symptoms is crucial. Your journey to relief begins with a thorough examination at Promenade Dental Care.

Doctor or Dentist Consultation

Your appointment will start with a detailed discussion of your symptoms followed by a physical examination of your jaw. Dr. Furman will listen to and feel your jaw as it moves, observe its range of motion, and apply gentle pressure to identify areas of pain or discomfort.

Imaging Tests (If Necessary)

Depending on the initial assessment, Dr. Furman may recommend imaging tests to get a clearer picture of your TMJ's condition. This could include:

  • Dental X-rays: To examine your teeth and jaw structure.
  • CT Scan: For detailed bone images.
  • MRI: To evaluate soft tissue around the TMJ.
  • TMJ Arthroscopy: In rare cases, for a direct look at the joint space.

Treatment: Tailored Options for TMJ Disorders

Dr. Furman believes in a personalized approach to treating TMJ disorders, focusing first on non-invasive strategies.

Nonsurgical Treatments

  • Medications such as over-the-counter pain relievers, prescription anti-inflammatories, or muscle relaxants for temporary relief.
  • Therapeutic Devices like oral splints or mouth guards can significantly reduce discomfort.
  • Physical Therapy involves exercises to stretch and strengthen jaw muscles.
  • Counseling to help avoid actions that exacerbate TMJ pain.

Advanced Treatments

For cases where nonsurgical methods aren't enough, Dr. Furman will discuss advanced options like:

  • Arthrocentesis: A minimally invasive procedure.
  • Corticosteroid Injections: For pain management.
  • TMJ Arthroscopy: Less invasive surgery with a small instrument.

Lifestyle Adjustments and Home Remedies

Making simple changes to your daily habits can help manage TMJ disorder symptoms:

  • Eat Soft Foods: Minimize jaw strain.
  • Heat or Cold Packs: To reduce pain and swelling.
  • Jaw Exercises: Improve mobility and relieve discomfort.

The Role of Alternative Medicine

Some patients find relief through complementary treatments like acupuncture or biofeedback. Dr. Furman can advise on how these options might fit into your overall treatment plan.

Preparing for Your Visit

When you visit Promenade Dental Care, coming prepared can make your consultation more efficient and productive. Think about the details of your symptoms, any questions you have, and your treatment goals.

Comprehensive Care at Promenade Dental Care

Dr. Furman and our team are dedicated to your health and well-being. Your comfort, care, and recovery are our highest priorities.


If you're dealing with TMJ disorder symptoms, there's no need to suffer in silence. Dr. Yiska Furman at Promenade Dental Care in Fair Lawn, NJ, has the expertise and compassion to guide you towards a life free from jaw pain. Reach out to us at (201) 797-0015 to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards healing.

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