Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder affects millions of people each year. Patients with TMJ disorder can experience pain on either side of the jaw, which is caused by strain to the TMJs and surrounding ligaments and muscles. Left untreated, TMJ disorder can affect other areas of the body and cause a wide range of side effects, including headaches, tinnitus, or pain in the neck, shoulders, and back. At Smiles on Broadway Dental Care, Drs. Steven M. Katz, Sultan Salem and Dilmarys Peña take a conservative approach by offering nonsurgical TMJ disorder treatment solutions at their Long Island, NY area location. If you are experiencing symptoms of TMJ disorder and want to explore potential treatments, contact our office and schedule a consultation.
Diagnosing TMJ Disorder
The TMJs connect the lower jaw to the skull. They are some of the most frequently used joints in the human body, helping to facilitate eating, speaking, and facial expressions. As a result, they are often subject to damage and inflammation. When the surrounding ligaments and muscles become fatigued or inflamed due to bruxism (teeth grinding), improper alignment, or other causes, it can result in widespread pain and reduced oral function.
Patients with TMJ disorder can experience an array of different symptoms, including:
- Popping or clicking sounds during chewing
- Pain and tenderness around the teeth and jaw
- Tingling in the hands and feet
- Ringing in the ears
The disorder’s widespread effect on the body can even lead to conditions like carpel tunnel syndrome. In order to effectively treat TMJ disorder, doctors must first accurately diagnose its cause.
When you arrive at Smiles on Broadway Dental Care for a consultation, we will begin by conducing a thorough exam to better understand the health and structure of your jaw. Depending on your unique situation, your Smiles on Broadway dentist will review potential treatment options to identify the best fit.
Types of TMJ Disorder Therapy
The type of treatment recommended will depend upon the unique characteristics of the patient’s conditions. The Team at Smiles on Brodway believe in a conservative approach to treating TMJ disorder, seeking to use minimally invasive options, rather than riskier procedures like surgery. If you are diagnosed with TMJ disorder, treatment often begins with a simple oral appliance. Many sufferers can find relief through the use of a custom-made mouthpiece that is worn at night to hold the jaw in place and eliminate teeth grinding or clenching. Additional treatment options can include specially prescribed exercises or recommended lifestyle changes. For rare situations where nonsurgical treatment does not solve your issues, doctors may refer you to a specialist for orthodontic treatment.
If you are one of the millions of Americans who are suffering from the effects of TMJ disorder, our talented doctors and skilled staff have the knowledge and experience to help you find relief. The condition can be debilitating, but it is highly treatable. Contact Smiles on Broadway Dental Care today to learn more about our approach to TMJ disorder treatment, including cost and how it can restore your quality of life.