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These are the joints that allow you to open and close your jaw smoothly, and to move it from side to side so you can chew, talk, laugh, and yawn comfortably.
Temporomandibular joint problems can cause a disorder called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Sometimes this disorder is called TMJ after the joint causing the issue. Temporomandibular or TMJ pain can be very unpleasant and may be temporary or will last years.
“We offer treatments that are highly effective in providing TMJ pain relief including custom-made night guards, medications, or restorative dental work.”
Jaw joint problems can be caused because of issues with the joint itself, or because of problems with the muscles operating the jaw joint. Possible causes of TMD include:
The most common system is pain or discomfort that can be severe. It’s a condition that tends to affect more women than men, and it’s most common amongst people aged between 20 and 40. The pain caused by jaw joint problems can affect your facial area and may extend into your neck and shoulders and even your ears. It can be noticeable when you try to open your mouth wide, or when you try to chew or talk.
TMJ signs can include:
If these signs sound familiar, schedule an appointment to see our dentists here at Gentle Dental.
TMD symptoms are often confused with other problems like gum disease, tooth decay, or sinus problems. Therefore, we will need to conduct a thorough dental exam and review your dental and medical history to determine the cause of your TMJ pain.
Diagnostic Tests for TMD
Full-face x-rays are frequently useful for viewing your jaws and temporomandibular joints. We may also want to conduct other diagnostic imaging tests such as a cone beam CT scan, which provides highly detailed 3D images of your teeth and jaws. A CT scan will show your jaw joints in a great deal of detail.
We will gently examine your jaws and will ask you to open and close your mouth so we can check your bite. Our dentist will check your facial muscles for signs of inflammation and tenderness. We will also listen carefully to check for any characteristic clicking or popping sounds as you move your jaws.
Once we have reviewed our findings, we can decide how best to help you gain TMJ relief from the pain and discomfort of this condition.
Several possible treatments are highly effective in providing TMJ pain relief. These include a custom-made night guard, medications, or restorative dental work.
Custom-Made Night Guard
A custom-made nightguard is one of the most effective treatments for TMJ disorders. It can be especially effective if you have bruxism, reducing the impact of clenching and grinding your teeth. The custom-made night guard is made from tough thermoplastic and fits exactly over your teeth, preventing them from contacting. It is comfortable to wear and helps to place your jaws into a more relaxed and comfortable position. You simply wear the night guard during sleep.
Over-the-counter painkillers can provide TMJ pain relief, but otherwise, we can prescribe something stronger if needed and which can help reduce any swelling and inflammation. We may also suggest using a muscle relaxant, or antianxiety medication can help relieve feelings of stress. Another option is to consider Botox injections, which can help to relax the jaw joint muscles.
Restorative Dental Work
Broken down teeth, aging fillings, crowns, and bridges can all affect your bite. If your bite is even slightly out of place, it can place stress on your jaw joints. Restorative dental work can replace failing crowns, bridges, and fillings. We can replace teeth that are missing entirely with dental bridges or dental implants.
TMJ Treatment at Home
Although there are things you can do at home and which can help provide TMJ relief, these will often work best in conjunction with professional treatments. Things to try include:
Often, we can provide family dentistry services right here at Gentle Dental. Otherwise, we might refer you to see a TMJ specialist dentist in our office, such as an oral surgeon or an orthodontist.
If you need surgery to correct TMD problems, it is best to see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who specializes in surgical procedures affecting the jaws, mouth, and facial area. Issues affecting your occlusion (your bite) are often best addressed by an orthodontist. They can provide specialist treatment to ensure your teeth fit together correctly, reducing unwanted stress on your jaw joints and facial muscles.
Our dentists here at Gentle Dental can discuss all the TMJ treatment options suitable for your situation and will explain the possible pros and cons of each TMJ treatment. For more information about the TMJ treatments available or to schedule an appointment with TMJ specialist in our Queens dental center, contact Gentle Dental at (718) 461-0100.
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