TMJ Treatment

East Village Dental PC

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Lower East Side, New York, NY

If you regularly wake up with a throbbing headache or a sore jaw, you may benefit from TMJ treatment. TMJ treatment works to ease the symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. The team at East Village Dental in the Lower East Side of Manhattan specializes in TMJ treatment. To learn more about your options for relief, make an appointment today by calling the New York City office or clicking the online booking tool.

TMJ Treatment Q & A

What is TMJ?

Your temporomandibular joints sit on either side of your mouth and act like sliding hinges, allowing you to bite, speak, and chew comfortably. Doctors aren’t entirely sure why, but sometimes these joints become stiff, swollen, or generally irritated, a condition known as TMJ. 

Left unmanaged, TMJ may cause chronic headaches, jaw pain, and trouble eating or speaking. If you’re experiencing these or other similar symptoms, make an appointment with the team at East Village Dental today. 

What are the symptoms of TMJ?

The symptoms of TMJ vary from person to person and depend on the severity of your condition. Telltale signs of TMJ include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Jaw tenderness
  • Aching pain in or around the ear
  • Facial pain
  • Difficulty chewing

As the condition progresses, you might experience trouble closing your mouth or the locking of your jaw. 

Who gets TMJ?

TMJ affects people of all ages, sexes, and races. However, there are certain factors that may increase your risk, including:

  • Having arthritis
  • Suffering a jaw injury
  • Grinding your teeth
  • Clenching your teeth

You might also develop TMJ if you have a connective tissue disease that affects the function of your temporomandibular joints. 

How is TMJ diagnosed?

To diagnose TMJ, your East Village Dental provider asks you questions about your symptoms and reviews your medical history. They also conduct an oral exam. During the oral exam, your dentist:

  • Listens to your jaw
  • Feels your jaw
  • Observes the range of motion of your jaw

Your dentist also presses on the areas around your jaw to identify the source of your pain or discomfort. If these measures don’t provide adequate insights, your dentist might also order a series of oral digital X-rays to get a closer look at your jawbones. 

What is TMJ treatment?

Treatment for TMJ depends on the severity of your symptoms. Whenever possible, the team at East Village Dental recommends conservative measures of care. If you have mild or moderate TMJ, you might benefit from taking over-the-counter painkillers or participating in physical therapy.

If your symptoms don’t respond to treatment or get worse, your dentist might recommend treatment with night splints or a custom mouthguard. Since TMJ often occurs alongside sleep apnea, the team also works to relieve symptoms associated with it. 

Don’t hesitate to seek TMJ treatment. To learn more about your options, make an appointment at East Village Dental by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.