TMJ is an abbreviation for the temporomandibular joint, the two joints which connect the arches of your jaw. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) is a common condition that many dental patients experience in varying degrees. The majority of TMJ / TMD sufferers are unaware that the root cause of these problems can be effectively treated with a small oral appliance or other non-invasive therapies.

If you suffer from recurring headaches, or have frequent jaw pain, earaches, or a teeth grinding habit, you could benefit by seeing a neuromuscular dentist. Those problems are among the many symptoms of a misaligned jaw ? a condition known as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD or TMJ).

The symptoms of TMJ disorder include:

  • Headaches
  • Jaw pain
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness in fingers and arms
  • Grinding and clenching of teeth
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Limited movement or locking of the jaw
  • Clicking or grating sounds in the jaw joints
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Neck, shoulder or back pain
  • Facial pain
  • Earaches or ringing in the ears

There is no one, decided cause of all TMJ pain; the condition can be caused or aggravated by many different things. For example, patients who experience injury to the jaw or muscles in the head or neck often experience TMJ pain. Other triggers include a misaligned bite, arthritis, or even stress.

The symptoms of TMJ can be painful and interfere with everyday life. Your comfort and well-being are at the heart of our focus as a dental practice, so pain relief is our first consideration. When visiting our dental office, patients are tested for TMJ disorder and diagnosed quickly to get relief from discomfort.

For more information on patient safety, or to schedule a private consultation to discuss your goals, please contact New York Dental Solutions. Our knowledgeable staff will answer any of your questions or address any dental concerns you may have.


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