TMJ Disorders: Facts and Treatment
The most persistently used joint in the body, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), is responsible for the movement of the lower jaw (mandible). Without this joint, which connects the lower jaw with the skull, we would not be able to open our mouths to eat, chew, breathe, or talk.
What is TMD?
TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) is characterized by pain and aching in the jaw, persistent clicking, limited range of motion, and sometimes headaches or earaches. Technically – TMJ as an acronym means Temporo-Mandibular Joint. It is related to a dental problem, and the signs of the disorder of TMJ include but not limited to joint clicking and popping, grinding noises, migraines, too much wear on teeth, and neck pain amongst others. These are the more commonly experienced signs of TMJ.
If you have any of these symptoms of TMD, it’s important to consult an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, as we specialize in treating problems with the facial bones, in particular the jaw. TMJ disorders may be mild to severe, short, or long term. Therefore, Dr. Katayev treats each patient’s situation uniquely.
Causes of TMJ Disorders:
- Bruxism (grinding): Often, people grind or clench their teeth at night while they are sleeping. This involuntary activity puts an enormous amount of pressure on the joints, creating inflammation.
- Displacement or dislocation of the disk: There is a disk in between the jawbone and the socket that can become displaced, dislocated, or damaged, causing damage and pain.
- Trauma: An injury to any part of the jaw can cause pain in the joint.
- Stress: Painful spasms and trouble moving the jaw are sometimes the results of stress.
Treatment of TMJ Disorders
- Night Guards and Splints
- Home Care
- Soft Foods
- Warm Moist Compresses
- OTC Pain Medication
- Stress Management
- Relaxation Techniques
- Surgical Treatment
Determining the cause of TMJ disorders may seem complex, however, we have a variety of tools at our disposal including advanced imaging techniques to accurately diagnose and treat your TMJ pain. Give us a call at New York Office Phone Number 212-905-0081 for more information.
At Murray Hill Dental, P.C., we provide TMJ treatment in New York and this is very affordable within our clinic. The treatment of TMJ involves wearing a small clear plastic piece of equipment to provide relief. In the scene that you suffer migraines, please contact us immediately for available FDA approved treatment that we provide to all.
Note that a patient’s temporomandibular joint happens to be the hinge that connects his or her jaw to the temporal bones of his or her skull, which are right at the front of each ear. This allows a patient moves his or her jaw up and down, from side to side, helping the process of talking, chewing, and even yawning, amongst others.
When there are issues with your jaw and the muscles within your face, we can diagnose and when found, conclude that it is a temporomandibular disorder issue. No need to worry if you are in this category, as you can reach out to us now for the best of New York TMJ treatment.