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Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

In medicine a joint exists where two bones meet and the joint is often surrounded by muscle, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. The temporomandibular joint connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull.

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  • Excessive and improper movements of the lower jaw may wear away the bone and cartilage around the joint
  • Your teeth don’t align properly when you chew
  • Sports injuries
  • Chewing gum or biting nails
  • Opening the jaw beyond its normal range
  • As a side effect of rheumatoid arthritis

Symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder:

  • Jaw pain
  • Clicking or popping sound when opening or closing the mouth
  • Reduced ability to open or close the mouth
  • Difficulty or discomfort biting or chewing
  • Dull aching pain in the face
  • Earaches or headaches
  • Hearing loss

Generally multiple symptoms of TMJ Disorder will occur across muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, bones and teeth.

Estimates indicate that nearly one in ten Americans experiences TMJ disorder, with a higher occurrence in females.

We advocate conservative treatments to help TMJ disorders. Surgery is only recommended if all other options have not led to improvement. We will be happy to schedule an Oral Surgery consultation with an experienced board certified oral surgeon in New York City about your specific circumstance. Some of our Doctor’s conservative suggestions may include

  • Techniques to rest your jaw
  • Exercises to keep your teeth apart when not eating
  • Eating softer foods to reduce stress on the jaw
  • Application of ice and heat
  • Jaw Exercises

If you grind your teeth while you sleep a night guard may be recommended depending on your individual needs. A night guard is a clear plate that prevents you from wearing the teeth and help you relax your jaw while asleep and may provide pain relief.

To learn more about TMJ Disorder treatments we recommend that you contact an Oral Surgeon in New York City.