TMJ & TMD Treatment
You may be one of the millions of Americans suffering from pain in your jaw, head, neck or shoulders. That pain could be directly related to problems with your temporomandibular joint. Your temporomandibular joint is the place where your jaw hinges to your skull. Problems in this area are often referred to as TMJ or TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder).
There are several reasons why this joint may cause problems. Clenching and grinding the teeth put additional strain on the jaw muscles. This results in stress and fatigue for those joints. Trauma, such as a blow to the jaw, can also cause TMJ/TMD.
The condition affects about a third of the population with women showing the most symptoms. One of the most common symptoms of TMJ/TMD is a headache. Even though the problem originates in the jaw joint, pain symptoms can manifest in the face, neck, shoulders and head.
Dental treatment for TMJ/TMD is determined after diagnosis and identification of the cause. Some patients will notice that the pain subsides on its own. Exercises are helpful in some mild cases of the disorder. Other treatments, such as nightguards, may be required to treat some TMJ/TMD patients.
Jaw Pain, Facial Pain Relief
TMJ/TMD is a treatable condition. The specialized training our prosthodontist received makes her well-qualified to detect the source of the muscle strain and develop a treatment plan for pain relief. When over-the-counter medications are not helping relieve your jaw pain or giving you relief from headaches, it is time to have an oral examination to discover the best treatment.
If you have been putting up with pain in your jaw, head, neck and shoulders, give us a call. Set up an appointment for a thorough examination. Our prosthodontist at Village Dental NYC will help you get back to a normal life with treatment for pain relief. Contact us today!