TMJ disorder (TMD) is a common condition that results when the temporomandibular joints become inflamed or damaged. TMD can make it difficult to chew comfortably and cause chronic headaches, as well as jaw and neck pain. At Dentistry at the Heights in Brooklyn Heights, NY, we provide conservative, non-surgical TMJ treatment that is designed to relieve uncomfortable symptoms and improve your quality of life. Depending on your needs, we may recommend a mouth guard, orthodontia, or lifestyle changes.
While the specific cause of TMD is often difficult to pinpoint, the source of pain can result from problems with the position of the joints or from external factors. You may develop TMD if you have:
Some patients are more susceptible to developing TMD. You may be at a higher risk of you have arthritis or certain types of connective tissue diseases.
If you are struggling with TMD, you may experience:
Keep in mind that some signs can be related to other disorders. Only a dentist will be able to determine whether or not you have TMD.
The best treatment option for you will depend on the cause of your condition. Options include:
Bite splints are affordable, custom-made devices that reposition your lower jaw to relieve the pressure on your joints.
TMD treatment can have tremendous benefits. You can not only experience relief from discomfort, but also avoid more debilitating issues in the future. Proper care can preserve the structure of your smile and save you from more costly restorative treatments.
Determining the underlying cause of your condition can help us determine the most effective treatment for you. To schedule your consultation or to learn more about TMD treatment, call our office at (347) 492-1018 or contact us online.
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