New Jersey Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Thomas Streko, Discusses How Your Dentist Can Help With TMJ

Dr. Thomas Streko, D.M.D., New Jersey cosmetic dentist, recently wrote about the role your dentist can play in easing the symptoms of the  debilitating condition of a misaligned temporomandibular joint

Westfield, NJ. – March 18, 2011 – One of New Jersey’s leading cosmetic dentists, Dr. Thomas Streko, recently published an article on his website, titled “Could You Be Suffering From TMJ?” In the article, Dr. Streko explains that headaches, facial pain, back, neck and shoulder pain and even numbness in the arms or fingers may all be symptoms of TMJ (temporomandibular joint.)

Dr. Streko writes, “Everyone has this joint – it’s a ball and socket joint (actually two joints, one on each side of your mouth) that connect your jawbone to your skull and enable it to move around freely so you can chew, speak, breathe and do all the things you do with your mouth.”

“However,” continues Dr. Streko, “the term TMJ is also used to describe a condition where the actual TMJ joint is out of alignment.  This can lead to a list of unpleasant symptoms like jaw pain, popping and clicking of the jaw, grinding or clenching of teeth and a whole range of other issues that may seem completely unrelated to dental health, ranging from head and neck pain to dizziness to congestion or ringing in the ears.”

“Once you are diagnosed, your dentist will develop a treatment plan that works for you – possible TMJ treatments include orthodontic and restorative treatments, jaw repositioning through orthotic devices, and in extreme cases, even surgery.  The results of these treatments are often dramatic – people experience better range of movement, pain goes away and their overall quality of life improves” concludes Dr. Streko.

The entire article can be found at

Dr. Streko’s website provides patients with a one-stop place to learn all about Dr. Streko’s practice and New Jersey cosmetic dentistry through blogs, articles, news posts, descriptions of procedures, a “smile gallery,” contact information, testimonials and much more.

Dr. Streko has practiced cosmetic and general dentistry for over 20 years, and

specializes in several procedures including sedation dentistry, general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry and TMJ dentistry. Dr. Streko’s comprehensive approach to dentistry includes all facets of general dentistry. His New Jersey dental practice offers the following general dentistry procedures: computer imaging, air abrasion, breath control, tooth-colored fillings, cleanings and periodontal treatments.

Dr. Thomas Streko has extensive experience keeping teeth healthy, as well as providing cosmetic treatments to help create your perfect smile.  Find out more about Dr. Streko’s practice at or call his office at 888-495-5752.

About Dr. Thomas Streko, D.M.D.:

Dr. Thomas Streko has been practicing general and cosmetic dentistry for more than 20 years in New Jersey, and is committed to remaining on the leading edge of dental technologies and treatment.

General and Cosmetic Dentistry Education and Training:

Dr. Thomas Streko received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University and went on to receive his D.M.D. from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1978. After graduation, Dr. Streko completed a three-year residency in the U.S. Public Health Service at the National Institute of Health.

In 1991, Dr. Streko became an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry – a distinguished honor bestowed on those who have completed more than 200 hours of cosmetic dentistry continuing education. He has also presented numerous cosmetic treatment cases throughout Union County, New Jersey, including photographic documentation, and passed rigorous oral and written examinations given by the academy’s board. The program is extensive, and there are only a handful of accredited members in New Jersey.

Dr. Thomas Streko is presently working toward his fellowship in the academy. Once achieved, he will be the only dentist in the entire state of New Jersey to attain fellowship status with the academy. He is also a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the New Jersey Dental Association.

Continuing Education and Community Involvement:

Dr. Thomas Streko remains on the leading edge of dental treatment and technology by taking 100 hours of continuing education each year. He also shares his depth of experience with others, teaching cosmetic dentistry to dental interns at Overlook Hospital in Union County, New Jersey. In addition, he is the program coordinator for the New Jersey division of Give Back a Smile. The program, sponsored by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, provides free dental treatment to battered women.

To learn more about New Jersey cosmetic dentistry and Dr. Thomas Streko, please visit

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