It’s very easy to take your jaws for granted, because the tendency is to not think about them much at all until or unless a problem arises. The TMJ, which is short for temporomandibular joint, is a hinge that connects your mandible, or lower jaw, to the temporal bone of your skull. It’s responsible for the smooth operation of your jaw as it moves up and down, and also from side to side. You use it to talk, eat, and even to yawn. When it is malfunctioning, however, this is known as TMJ disorder, or just TMJ. Inflammation can occur, as can discomfort and pain. Fortunately, our Manhattan TMJ treatment can provide you with the relief you seek, and allow the joint to once again function as it was intended to.
The causes for TMJ can vary. Poor biting habits may be the culprit, as can grinding. An injury, accident, arthritis, and erosion of the disk are also possible reasons why you can suffer from TMJ. And while it is an issue that can affect anyone at any age, it is most likely to be a problem for women who are between 20 and 40 years old. Symptoms are not always obvious, but can include pain in or around your ear; general facial, neck, or head pain; jaw tenderness; problems opening or closing your mouth due to locking jaws; clicking of the jaw; or pain when chewing. If you experience any of the above, don’t hesitate to call us and schedule an appointment for an exam and our Manhattan TMJ treatment.
Proper diagnosis is, as you might expect, key to recommending the best way to address it. Some mild cases may require no treatment at all and just go away on their own. But for moderate to severe cases, our Manhattan TMJ treatment encompasses such diverse options as night guards, physical therapy, injections, and even surgery, which is reserved for the most stubborn situations, and only when less invasive and extreme solutions have been tried and come up short. Most patients will be fortunate enough to not need surgery, however.