There are plenty of different services that your dentist can provide aside from dental cleanings or dental fillings. Your dentist can help when it comes to a number of different oral health concerns, even TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorder. If you believe that you may have TMJ or know that you need TMJ treatment, then our Manhattan TMJ specialist Elliott Ostro DMD can provide you with the diagnosis, treatment and care that you need.
The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your jawbone to the rest of your skull. This joint is used every time that you open your mouth, bite, chew or speak. Any issues with this joint or the muscles involved is called TMD or a temporomandibular disorder. TMJ refers to the joint specifically, but may sometimes be used to refer to issues with the muscle as well. In any case, out Manhattan TMJ specialist Elliott Ostro DMD can help when it comes to providing an accurate diagnosis and providing successful treatment. Some of the signs and symptoms associated with TMJ or TMD include pain or tenderness in your face, jaw, neck, shoulders and/or around the ear when you eat, chew, yawn or open your mouth for any other reason, if your jaw tends to get stuck or lock into place, if you experience a clicking or popping sound whenever you open and close your jaw, have an uncomfortable bite and have a hard time chewing or biting, or if you experience a tired feeling or soreness in your face which can sometimes be accompanied by swelling. There are a variety of causes that may be behind these symptoms, such as chronic teeth grinding, an issue with the joint as the result of an injury or deformity, arthritis of the joint, or even from stress that may cause you to clench your teeth often as a result.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, our Manhattan TMJ specialist Elliott Ostro DMD can provide you with the complete care that you need. From diagnosis to treatment, Dr. Ostro will make sure that your condition is taken care of and that your everyday comfort and ease is fully restored.