Your mouth consists of many important working parts that allow it to perform its many essential functions. Your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is the hinge at which your lower jaw connects to your skull. It provides for the movements of your jaw, allowing you to eat, speak, and more. When the joint becomes irritated, it can cause you a significant amount of pain and discomfort. Even the most minor movements can cause serious pain. At National Dental East Meadow, our TMJ treatment eases your pain, allowing you to get your life back.
TMJ DisorderTemporomandibular disorder (TMJ disorder) covers a broad spectrum of different issues relating to the jaw and the joint itself. It can lead to severe pain that impacts normal functions, such as eating and speaking and can greatly affect your overall quality of life.
There are numerous symptoms that can point to TMJ disorder, and some of them are not all that obvious. In fact, many symptoms have patients believing they have an entirely different issue, so they seek medical, rather than dental, help. Symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
What Causes TMJ Disorder?There are some different issues that can contribute to TMJ disorder:
Diagnosis of TMJ DisordersDiagnosing your TMJ disorder also involves figuring out the exact cause of the joint pain. By doing so, we can provide a more effective treatment plan. We start with a visual inspection of the structures visible within your mouth. We look at your teeth and the alignment of your jaw. We also take digital images, so that we can view the internal structures of your mouth. At National Dental, we take advantage of the latest technological developments to help in our diagnosis. The intraoral camera helps us to see inside your mouth, while imaging such as digital X-rays and iCAT 3-dimensional imaging provides us with an inside view.
Getting Relief from Your TMJ PainThe exact treatment for your TMJ disorder depends upon the determined cause. Some patients may find relief with over the counter pain relievers. Most patients, however, require something more:
If you are experiencing significant jaw pain, you may be suffering from TMJ disorder. Contact National Dental East Meadow today at (516) 962-2292 to schedule your consultation!