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TMJ Therapy Specialist

Madison Dental Partners

Restorative & Cosmetic Dentists & Periodontics located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Jaw stiffness and pain associated with bruxism and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can negatively affect your quality of life. At Madison Dental Partners on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Steven Schwartz, DDS, Fadwa Robb, DDS, Navid Baradarian, DDS, and their expert team offer TMJ therapy to ease discomfort and improve jaw joint functioning. Call the New York City office for an appointment or book online today.

TMJ Therapy Q & A

What is TMJ therapy?

TMJ therapy at Madison Dental Partners includes treatments that reduce symptoms associated with TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders. 

These disorders might make your jaw feel painful, stiff, or not function efficiently. Bruxism, a condition which causes you to consciously or unconsciously grind your teeth, can contribute to TMJ disorder. The team at Madison Dental Partners can treat bruxism even if it doesn’t cause you any pain.

Other factors that can contribute to TMJ disorders include stress, poor posture, traumatic jaw injuries, and chronic inflammatory arthritis. Fortunately, TMJ therapy can offer you relief and give you a better quality of life. 

What are the symptoms of TMJ disorders?

Common signs and symptoms associated with TMJ disorders include:

  • Jaw pain or tenderness
  • Jaw joint discomfort
  • Aching facial, jaw, or ear pain
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Pain with chewing
  • Jaw joint locking
  • Jaw clicking 
  • Difficulty opening and closing your mouth
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Decreased jaw range of motion

TMJ pain can range in severity from mild to severe. If you have any of these symptoms, see the Madison Dental partners team for an evaluation. 

What are the risk factors for TMJ disorders?

While TMJ pain can happen to anyone, some factors increase your risk of developing it. Examples include:

  • Arthritis
  • Jaw injuries
  • Teeth grinding or ongoing jaw clenching (bruxism)
  • Connective tissue diseases
  • Chronic stress

Your risk of TMJ pain also increases with a family history of TMJ disorders.

Is TMJ therapy right for me?

To diagnose TMJ disorders and develop an effective treatment plan, your dentist discusses your symptoms and reviews your oral health history. They evaluate the results of your dental X-rays and assess your teeth, gums, and jaw joint range of motion. 

If your symptoms are severe and negatively affect you, you’re likely a candidate for TMJ therapy.

What are my TMJ therapy options?

Common TMJ therapy solutions that can reduce ongoing pain include:

Oral devices

Wearing a custom-fitted oral device in your mouth (over your teeth) when you sleep can reduce clenching, grinding, and pain associated with bruxism and TMJ.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy exercises and stretches can strengthen jaw muscles to ease the pain. Ultrasound treatment and heat or ice packs can also help. Your dentist shows you which exercises and stretches are the most effective.

Injections

Steroid or Botox® injections reduce discomfort caused by TMJ disorders. Your dentist can numb the treatment area if you’d like before receiving pain-relieving injections.

Don’t let bruxism and jaw pain negatively affect your everyday life when highly effective TMJ therapy is within reach at Madison Dental Partners. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book a consultation online today.