TMJ (Temporal Mandibular Joint) condition is a common ailment that afflicts many people. It can cause head and neck pain, inflammation, and chronic joint pain. It is difficult to diagnose at first; however, once diagnosed there are treatment options. Our TMJ specialist, Eliott Ostro, DMD, is a New York City TMJ Dentist who can help TMJ sufferers find relief.
The temporomandibular joint is the hinged joint which connects the jaw to the temporal bones of the skull. These are located in front of each ear. The cause of TMJ is widely unknown; however, it is thought that injury, whiplash or sudden blows may contribute to TMJ disorders. Grinding of the teeth or teeth clenching may also be a cause due to pressure on the joint. Stress and arthritis may also be a factor. In any case, TMJ is a painful and irritating condition that causes chronic discomfort. Symptoms of TMJ include pain in the facial or jaw area, and in or around the neck, shoulder or ear. Locked jaws or clicking sounds may also occur. The face may feel tired or stressed and bite problems can also be an issue. TMJ can commonly cause toothaches, headaches, and earaches as well. Our New York City TMJ Dentist can help diagnose and treat this painful, irritating condition.
The good news is that there are a few different treatment options our New York City TMJ Dentist will discuss with you when you come in for treatment. A night guard is one option. This is a plastic mouthpiece that fits over both upper and lower rows of teeth and helps to lessen the effect of teeth grinding and clenching. It helps to prevent pressure on the joint and is worn at night. For those who suffer from a more severe form of TMJ, surgical intervention is also a possibility. Balancing the biting surfaces of teeth can help correct bite problems and possibly lessen the TMJ condition. Replacing missing teeth and the use of braces, crowns or bridges usually solves a bite surface imbalance. Trying this or other treatments can help to ease or eradicate this condition so that the sufferer can live a pain free life again.