TMJ Treatment

Metropolitan Dental Care -  - Dentist

Nicole Mermet, DMD

Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Midtown, New York, NY

TMJ Treatment Specialist
TMJ treatment can give patients relief from the constant jaw pain, chronic teeth sensitivity, problems with opening and closing the jaw, and other symptoms. Local dentist Dr. Nicole Mermet provides TMJ solutions for her Midtown, New York, NY patients in a highly skilled and compassionate way. Conveniently located by Bryant Park and Grand Central Station.

TMJ Treatment Q & A

by Nicole Mermet, DMD

What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder?

Temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly called TMJ, refers to problems with the temporomandibular joints. These joints act as hinges connecting the temporal bone with the lower part of the jaw. TMJ causes significant pain and other symptoms in the jaw and even in other areas of the upper body.

How Can TMJ be Recognized?

TMJ can often be recognized by its symptoms, although a medical professional must make the diagnosis. Typical TMJ symptoms often begin with jaw pain. This pain is most often noticed while yawning, talking, or eating. It is not unusual for people with TMJ to suffer from neck pain, chronic headaches, and earaches. Many people also hear a popping sound when they open and close their mouth. It is fairly common for TMJ patients to suffer from teeth sensitivity, as well.

Why do People Suffer From TMJ?

There are many different reasons that people get TMJ. People who have an underbite or an overbite may be more susceptible to developing TMJ due to the existing jaw alignment issues. Certain diseases that impact the joints, such as arthritis, may cause TMJ to develop. Many medical professionals also believe that stress can play a role in the development of TMJ.

How Does the Dentist Treat TMJ?

TMJ treatment is unique to each person. The dentist will start by administering the most non-invasive treatment approach available and will continue to alter or change treatments as needed until the patient has TMJ relief. Many people find that anti-inflammatory medications can be helpful in reducing pain and inflammation associated with TMJ. Some simple remedies like moist heat packs or ice packs applied to the jaw may also be useful for pain relief. If stress is a factor in the TMJ sufferer's life, stress reduction techniques may be recommended. Many TMJ patients grind their teeth while they sleep, and the dentist can prescribe a night guard to prevent this problem.

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