What few sufferers of Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome, or TMJ, know is that the root cause of this condition is something that can be both easily and effectively treated by your dentist.

TMJ disorder can be a debilitating condition, but it doesn’t have to be. After a professional examination and diagnosis, your dentist can immediately devise a treatment plan for the underlying causes of your TMJ disorder in Brooklyn. The well-being and comfort of the patient is our number one concern and giving you the help you need to live a healthy, pain-free life is our passion.

When should you see a dentist about TMJ Disorder?

TMJ sufferers commonly report that their symptoms worsen when they are put under stress, with the most common symptom being teeth grinding. Other symptoms include ringing in the ears, severe headaches, and jaw pain.

Prolonged TMJ can result in eroded teeth structure, eroded jawbones, loose teeth, and other severe dental problems.

Anyone experiencing TMJ symptoms should schedule an appointment with their dentist, no matter how minor the symptoms may be. It’s always beneficial to catch problems early before they have the chance to develop into something worse.

How does TMJ Disorder treatment work?

TMJ is often caused by “bad bite,” or the misalignment of teeth. It can also be caused by a traumatic injury to the meniscus cartilage. To begin treating TMJ, your dentist will give you a thorough examination which includes taking X-rays and observing your bite. Your dental history will also be reviewed to ensure that an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan is made.

After receiving your diagnosis, there are a number of treatment options that may be offered to you. One treatment option is getting a bite guard specially molded to your mouth. Wearing a bite guard at night can prevent teeth grinding while you sleep.

Your Brooklyn Dentist may also provide you with relaxation techniques and advice to relieve tension in the jaw. Muscle relaxants may be provided to you as a last alternative.

The most effective treatment of TMJ, however, is “realignment.” This involves adjusting the ways in which the upper teeth and lower teeth come together when the jaw is closed. Realignment has been proven to relieve the symptoms of TMJ Disorder while also improving the aesthetic appearance of the smile.

Realignment may require adjusting the natural teeth and/or creating restorations.

TMJ disorder treatment is pain-free and safe. Our dentist, Dr. Shahin, has performed TMJ Disorder treatments countless times and is happy to answer any questions or discuss any concerns you may have.

If you are experiencing TMJ disorder symptoms in Crown Heights, Brooklyn Heights, Williamsburg, Park Slope, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Park, NYC, or any other neighborhoods or have questions about TMJ disorder treatment options, contact our dental office, Brooklyn Dentist, to schedule an appointment today.