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 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.
It’s not exactly clear what causes TMJ disorder, but some of the conditions and symptoms that seem to develop alongside it include:
It’s unclear, however, if some of these conditions directly lead to TMJ disorder or if they develop as a result of the disorder.
TMJ disorder can cause any of the following symptoms:
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.
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:
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.