If you have been experiencing continuous or reoccurring jaw pain while yawning, chewing, or talking, jaw stiffness or a limited range of motion when opening and closing your mouth and suspect it may be TMJ or a temporomandibular joint disorder, the first step in finding relief may be found in receiving an accurate diagnosis by a TMJ Specialist. Additional symptoms may include popping or grinding sounds when the jaw is moved, jaw muscle stiffness, pain in your face, neck or jaw and a noted change in the way your upper and lower teeth align when you bite down. Elliot Ostro, DMD is a leading New York City TMJ dentist and will perform an extensive examination which may include questions regarding your specific pain location, severity of pain and determining if your TMJ is related to other medical conditions including rheumatoid arthritis.
TMJ treatment varies according to individual needs and Elliott Ostro, DMD, New York City TMJ dentist evaluates each case independently. Addressing pain management may first include over the counter pain relievers, the use of ice packs or if needed, a prescription muscle relaxer. Additional at home treatment may include diet modifications to soft foods and avoiding overly widening the jaw. A stabilization splint or bite guard may be recommended. This oral appliance fits over both the upper and lower teeth but is only recommended to be used for a short period of time. Typically, surgery is not among the treatment options associated with TMJ, but individual needs vary.
If you are seeking pain relief from diagnosed or suspected TMJ pain, and searching for a New York City TMJ dentist, set up an appointment with Elliott Ostro, DMD. Our friendly and professional staff is available to answer your questions and for your added convenience also speak fluent Spanish and French. Our Manhattan office implements the strictest standards of sterilization techniques, utilizes cutting edge technologies with the latest methodologies for tending to all of your oral surgical and TMJ treatment needs. Call us at (646) 862-7077 or contact us via our website newyorkcity-oralsurgery.com and a member of our professional team will be available to assist you.