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TMJ Specialist in Monomouth County, NJ

Jaw joint where TMJ commonly forms

Are You Looking for a TMJ Specialist in NJ?

While many people use the term TMJ specialist, there is no specialty designation in dentistry for TMJ disorder treatment. A prosthodontist like Dr. James Courey or Dr. Joseph Zagami has the education and training to diagnose and produce effective TMJ treatments for Manalapan, NJ patients, as well as those in surrounding areas.

Have you experienced jaw pain that may be related to a temporomandibular joint disorder? Reach out to our office, located in Monmouth County, NJ, to seek treatment and make an appointment with a TMJ specialist. Call us at (732) 410-7101.




Why Choose SDNJ for TMJ Treatment?

You are not alone. We have assisted many people just like you who feel frustrated by weeks or even months of struggling with TMJ. The condition can impact your daily life, limiting your ability to chew and causing chronic pain. We understand your frustration, and at Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey, we know how to help.

The team at SDNJ uses a patient-centered approach. We want you to feel satisfied and comfortable with the care you get at our offices. Our transparent approach keeps you informed about every step of your treatment process. We ask you questions and listen to your answers to help shape our approach to TMJ treatment. We have provided TMJ services to patients facing the same issues, and we know how to perform a thorough evaluation to pinpoint your problems and find the best way to help.

What sets our dental offices apart? We can handle just about any dental issue. Unlike many other dentistries, our staff includes four of the best dental specialists in New Jersey, allowing you to get multiple opinions in just one visit. We can handle any dental issue, including TMJ disorders and preventative and maintenance treatments.

Meet Our Prosthodontist Specialists

dental specialists working together at specialized dentistry of new jersey

Dr. Courey has been voted as a Top Dentist in New Jersey Monthly consecutively for the past 12 years. His dedication and commitment to his education and his speciality are unmatched. Dr. Courey is known for his extraodinary work and his warm welcome that makes a patient feel at home in his dental office.

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Dr. Zagami has also been acknowledged for his exceptional dental work. He has been named in Monmouth County's Top Dentists and continues to drive beautiful results for those with dental issues other dentists deem complex. Dr. Zagami also continues to advance his education with dentistrys leading-edge technology.


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Together Dr. Courey and Dr. Zagami make a great dental team and will develop the TMJ treatment plan that will work for you. are specialized in TMJ treatment and are able to help you get rid of that jaw pain. Request an appointment today.

What Does TMJ Stand For?

"TMJ" stands for temporomandibular joint, and we have two, one on each side of the head connecting the upper and lower jaws together. This joint is complex, as it has both a hinge motion and sliding motions, and problems with TMJs can also be complex, potentially involving muscles, tendons, teeth, ligaments and/or nerves, in various combinations.

What Causes This Jaw Joint Issue?

Temporomandibular joint disorders are often caused by the teeth not coming together properly in a comfortable rest position. They can also be caused by trauma to the joint. Because TMJ is such a complex dental problem, there are only a handful of dental offices offering TMJ treatments in NJ. However, Specialized Dentistry is proud to help our patients with TMJ.

In addition to tooth positioning and joint trauma, TMJ disorders may be caused by other factors. People under a lot of stress, mental or physical, may exhibit symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorders. Those who chew a lot of gum are also susceptible. The disorders have been linked to disk issues and tendon strains, as well as:

  • Aging
  • Gender, with women having TMJ more often than men
  • Genetics
  • Poor posture

People suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic inflammatory arthritis and fibromyalgia are also more likely to develop TMJ.

Common Symptoms of This Disorder

People affected by temporomandibular joint disorder may experience these common symptoms:

  • Pain in and around the ear
  • Popping or clicking noises when opening the mouth
  • Frequent headaches or neck soreness
  • Tenderness of the jaw
  • Jaw joint locking in place
  • Temple pain

Sometimes, the source of your pain is easily diagnosed as a sinus infection, toothache, or the beginnings of periodontal disease. In other cases, our Prosthodontists may determine that you are experiencing TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). When this is the case, further testing will be necessary to determine the cause and course of treatment.

common symptoms of tmj

TMJ Disorder Treatment Options

In some instances, the symptoms of TMJ can disappear on their own. But for the majority of people suffering from this painful, joint disorder, a course of treatment is necessary. Common treatments for TMJ can include medication, such as pain relievers and muscle relaxants, or can involve non-pharmaceutical treatments like physical therapy. Medical surgery is recommended in extreme cases. Other options our patients may consider include:

  • Botox Therapy
  • Dental splints and/Guards
  • Physical therapy
  • Cold compresses applied to the jaw
  • Massaging the jaw and near the temples

Behavioral changes may make an impact on your TMJ, too. Taking steps to eliminate stress in your life could decrease symptoms of TMJ. We tell our TMJ patients not to chew gum, as this can also worsen the pain in your jaw. Home remedies and paying more attention to self-care can provide an effective means of treatment for TMJ.

Our dentist will meet with you to determine the best course of treatment for your case. At SDNJ, we believe in treating patients, not conditions. This means we take a thorough look at each individual to figure out what treatment will work best for your unique circumstances.

Sometimes a course of treatment will bring immediate results for one TMJ sufferer but have little impact on another. We work with you until our dentist finds a treatment that relieves your pain and addresses the cause of the issue, so we can reduce the chances it will return again.

Contact a TMJ Specialist

If you are looking for a TMJ dentist in Manalapan, NJ, call our dental office at (732) 410-7101 or reach out to us online to schedule your evaluation today!

Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey (SDNJ) provides TMJ treatment in Monomouth County, NJ and surrounding areas.