Dentistry services extend beyond just looking after your teeth. TMJ disorder refers to a problem with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) during which the patient may experience pain and mobility problems alongside other symptoms. TMJ disorder is often caused by dental complications, and it is often diagnosed and treated by dental specialists. Elliott Ostro, DMD is an oral surgeon who has helped countless patients in Manhattan, New York treat their TMJ disorder.
The temporomandibular joints connect the lower jaw to the skull and you have one on each side of your face. The joint facilitates two movements – a hinge action which allows us to open and close our mouths, and a gliding action, which opens the mouth up wider. Used in combination with one another, these movements make talking, chewing and yawning possible. When the joint fails to function as it should, it is known as TMJ disorder, and treatment may be necessary to alleviate the symptoms that the patient is experiencing and restore natural movement to the jaw.
The exact cause of TMJ disorder may not always be obvious, but factors that increase the likelihood of a patient experiencing problems with the TMJ include:
In many cases, TMJ disorder begins mildly, meaning that symptoms
There are some simple things that you can do at home that will help reduce the pain that is associated with TMJ disorder. These include using heat packs or ice packs against your jaw, taking pain relief medications and favoring soft foods such as pasta and soup.
Although at-home treatments may alleviate some of your symptoms, it is necessary to schedule an appointment with a dentist to try and pinpoint the cause of your TMJ problems and determine which solutions may help.
If you only have mild symptoms, Dr. Elliott Ostro may recommend a combination of pain relief medications, rest, and physical therapy exercises. However, if the symptoms are much more severe, and we can identify a specific cause of the condition, you may be referred for more intensive treatment. This may include:
In serious cases of TMJ disorder where other forms of treatment have failed to yield significant improvement, your dentist may recommend you for surgery. Surgery for TMJ disorder is rare and usually involves an arthroscopic procedure, during which the joint area is washed out and any scar tissue that is stopping the joint from moving is removed.
Our experienced and knowledgeable oral surgeon, Dr. Elliott Ostro, provides a range of exceptional quality dental services, including TMJ disorder diagnosis and treatment, to patients in and around Manhattan, NY. To find out more about any of our services, or to arrange your consultation with Dr. Ostro, call us today at 6467131718.