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Madison Avenue Dentists, PC -  - Comprehensive, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry

Madison Avenue Dentists, PC

Comprehensive, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry located in Midtown Manhattan, New York, NY

Do you often wake up with a headache and sore jaw? If so, you may have a painful jaw condition called temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. When left untreated, TMD can lead to debilitating pain, fatigue, and more. Fortunately, Stella Oh, DDS, and Ash Estafan, DDS, offer TMJ treatments and therapies at Madison Avenue Dentists, PC, in Midtown Manhattan, New York. For more information, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.


What is TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a sliding hinge that connects your jaw to your skull. It helps control your jaw movement. When these joints or the muscles surrounding them are inflamed, tight, or damaged in any way, they can cause constant pain and discomfort.

While most TMJ cases are temporary, it can be a chronic condition that affects your ability to eat or speak comfortably.

Are there TMJ symptoms?

The most common TMJ symptoms include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Tight jaw muscles
  • Ear pain
  • Headaches
  • Facial pain
  • Lockjaw
  • Difficulty chewing without pain
  • Clicking or popping sound in the jaw
  • Fatigue
  • Facial swelling
  • Tooth pain

The muscles in your jaw and neck are all connected in some way, so it’s common to experience neck and shoulder pain if you have TMJ.

What causes TMJ?

Cartilage and a shock-absorbing disc surround your temporomandibular joints. If any of these pieces wear down or become damaged, it can limit your joint’s ability to move smoothly. Other common TMJ causes are:

  • Jaw injury
  • Chronic jaw clenching
  • Teeth grinding
  • Arthritis
  • Whiplash
  • Chronic stress

A misaligned bite can also cause TMJ as it puts stress on your jaw joint and prevents it from functioning correctly. Over time, your bite can worsen, so it’s necessary to visit Madison Avenue Dentists, PC, for a full examination of your mouth. Your dentists will take X-rays of your mouth to determine whether you show signs of TMJ.

How is TMJ treated?

The most common TMJ treatment is a night guard, which fits over your teeth like a sports guard, to correct your bite and relieve pressure from your jaw joint. These custom-made night guards also act as an efficient barrier to prevent your teeth from grinding together as you sleep.

When created and used correctly, TMJ night guards can dramatically reduce pain and joint inflammation, relieve jaw muscle tension, minimize teeth grinding, and prevent your condition from worsening.

You shouldn’t have to suffer through debilitating TMJ pain. If you think you have this chronic condition, call the expert team at Madison Avenue Dentists, PC, or schedule an appointment online.