Advanced Dental Care of Riverdale
Family & General Dentists located in Bronx, NY
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a problem in the joints that enable jaw movement. If you’re experiencing jaw pain or other problems with your jaw, reach out to Daniel Faiwiszewski, DMD, of Advanced Dental Care of Riverdale in the Bronx area of New York City, New York. A diagnostic work-up can determine if TMJ is an issue, and you can discuss treatment options right away. Booking takes just moments online or over the phone.
What is temporomandibular joint disorder?
Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the joints where your lower jaw connects to your skull. Problems in these joints are referred to as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), although the terms are often used interchangeably.
Numerous things can cause TMJ, including genetic predisposition, traumatic injury, or habits like resting your chin on your hand. Grinding your teeth during sleep (bruxism) is a common cause of TMJ.
What are some signs and symptoms of TMJ?
Knowing the signs of this common joint disorder can help you decide when to seek care. Some of the symptoms of TMJ include:
- Jaw pain that can be dull or sharp, on one or both sides of the face
- Swelling in the jaw and face
- Clicking or popping sounds when you open or close your jaw
- Aching pain in or near one or both ears
- Difficulty chewing or pain when chewing
- Locked joint, either open or closed
Occasional jaw pain is usually nothing to be concerned about, but if you find yourself in frequent pain or notice any other symptoms, schedule a diagnostic exam. Beginning treatment can help prevent the condition from worsening.
What are some options for treating TMJ?
Your treatment plan depends on the likely cause of your jaw problems. In the case of bruxism, wearing a night guard is an outstanding solution for many people.
A night guard is a custom-fitted oral device you wear while you sleep. It’s a bit bulkier than a retainer or whitening trays, but fits over the surface of your teeth in a similar manner. You simply put it in place at bedtime and remove it in the morning when it’s time to brush your teeth.
It can take a while for you to get used to the feel of wearing your night guard, but before long it will just be another part of your evening routine.
Medications can sometimes help treat the discomfort of TMJ. For a small number of people, surgery is the best way to fully relieve the symptoms.
If you’d like more information about TMJ, call the office to schedule a visit. You can also book online with just a few clicks, so don’t delay. Advanced Dental Care of Riverdale is here to help.