Some of the most common reasons patients visit our Manhattan oral surgeon, Dr. Elliott Ostro, for help are related to TMJ disorders. TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint. This joint is responsible for connecting your lower jaw to the side of your face and allows you to open and close your mouth – so it is useful for eating, speaking, etc. The temporomandibular joint is much more complicated than many of our other joints, and therefore runs a greater risk of becoming damaged or becoming susceptible to a disorder. TMJ disorders can vary widely in their severity and in their symptoms, and the research on these disorders has been largely inconclusive in finding a direct cause. There are three general types of TMJ disorders that our Manhattan oral surgeon sees in his patients. The first and most common type is myofascial pain, which involves an overall pain or discomfort surrounding the muscles that control jaw function. The second type is internal derangement of the joint, and this can include a dislocation of the jaw, having a displaced disc, or an injury to the condoyle. The third type is arthritis, which refers to a group of inflammatory joint disorders than can affect this particular joint.
There are several symptoms that may indicate that you are suffering from one of these kinds of temporomandibular joint disorders. The symptoms include but are not limited to: a radiating pain in the face, neck, or jaw, stiffness of the jaw muscle, a locking or limited movement of the jaw, a painful popping or clicking occurring when you open and close your mouth, and a noticeable difference in the way your upper and lower teeth fit together. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Ostro so we can diagnose and treat any disorders that might be occurring and give you the relief you need.
To learn more about TMJ disorders and the other types of work that Dr. Ostro provided for his patients, we invite you to browse through our Manhattan oral surgeon website for additional information. If you have any specific questions that we can help you with, or if you are ready to schedule an appointment, feel free to contact our office either by telephone or online. We look forward to your next visit.