If you’re experiencing symptoms related to difficulties in moving your jaw, you may need the help of our Manhattan TMJ treatment. If you have what is known as TMJ disorder, it can be a challenge or nearly impossible for you to talk, eat, or yawn the way you normally would. Our TMJ specialist will examine you and make a diagnosis so that you can get the appropriate treatment to address the situation.
TMJ is short for the tempormandibular joint, which connects your lower jaw to the temporal bone in your skull. TMJ disorder can be caused be several possible factors. An injury or an accident could cause damage to the join or you may be suffering the effects of arthritis. Or erosion to the disk that lets the joint shift may lead to misalignment. In any case, whatever may have led to your TMJ disorder, the symptoms will always be similar. Often there will be tenderness in your jaw or you will feel pain when chewing. Your jaws may lock as you try to open or close your mouth or move your jaws from side to side. You should also be aware that pain in or around your ear or facial pain of any kind might be traceable to your need for our Manhattan TMJ treatment. If you notice any of the above listed signs, the best thing to do is call us and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ostro as soon as you can.
So, how is TMJ disorder treated? Well, for mild cases, no treatment may be needed at all. The situation might just resolve itself with time. Bite guards, physical therapy, exercises, and counseling are all common examples of our Manhattan TMJ treatment. In severe cases, injections or surgery could be a last resort to offer relief, but most patients will not need such extreme measures. Medication options include over the counter pain relievers, prescription strength pain relievers, muscle relaxers, and sedatives, which are especially useful in addressing problems with teeth clenching at night. There is no reason to suffer with TMJ disorder any longer than you have to. We’re here and ready to help.