TMJ Specialist

Greene Street Dental

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in SoHo, New York, NY

If you suffer from chronic pain in your jaw or hear a popping sound when you open or close your mouth, you might have temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. The team of professionals at Greene Street Dental in SoHo, Manhattan, are experts in diagnosing and treating TMJ disorder. Find relief from your TMJ disorder today by calling the New York City office or using the online scheduling tool to make an appointment.

TMJ Q & A

What is TMJ?

TMJ is your temporomandibular joint. It connects your lower jaw to your skull and works on both a sliding and hinge-like mechanism. The complex machinery of your TMJ is responsible for enabling you to chew, speak, and open and close your mouth with ease.

TMJ is also used to refer to TMJ disorder, a condition that makes it difficult or painful for your temporomandibular joint to function properly. TMJ disorder affects more than 10 million people in the United States alone and can cause serious damage to your jaws and teeth over time.

What causes TMJ disorder?

It’s not exactly clear what causes TMJ disorder, but some of the conditions and symptoms that seem to develop alongside it include:

  • Arthritis
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Chronic biting or clenching in your jaw
  • Misalignment of your teeth or jaw
  • Poor posture
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Arthritis

It’s unclear, however, if some of these conditions directly lead to TMJ disorder or if they develop as a result of the disorder.

What are the symptoms of TMJ disorder?

TMJ disorder can cause any of the following symptoms:

  • Painful or sensitive teeth
  • Facial pain and sinus pressure
  • Chronic headaches and migraines
  • Pain in your neck, back, or shoulders
  • Pain, ringing, or congestion in your ear
  • Numbness in your arms, hands, or fingers
  • Pain where your jawbone connects to your skull

TMJ disorder can also cause a clicking, grating, or popping sound or sensation when you open and close your mouth.

People frequently mistake these symptoms as being caused by a variety of other conditions, like sinus headaches, migraines, earaches, and neck and shoulder stiffness. 

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule a consultation with the team at Greene Street Dental. They can conduct a thorough assessment to determine if your discomfort is being caused by TMJ disorder or something else.

What are the treatments for TMJ disorder?

Greene Street Dental offers a variety of TMJ disorder treatments that use gentle, nonsurgical methods to help you find relief. Some of those treatments include:

  • Pain relievers, anti-inflammatory medications, or muscle relaxants
  • Injecting your joint with a special steroid
  • Jaw splint
  • Laser therapy

If your TMJ is mild, they might also recommend some self-care solutions, like icing your jaw and incorporating more soft foods into your diet.

Don’t suffer from the pain of TMJ disorder any longer than you have to. Schedule a visit with Greene Street Dental by calling the office or booking a visit online and find relief today.