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TMD Treatment for Effective Pain Relief

Digital illustration of TMJThe temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the joints on either side of the jaw that connect the lower jawbone or mandible to the skull. Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is related to problems with these joints and the muscles in your face that control them. 

It can be difficult to determine the cause of TMD. However, your trusted dentist can help in relieving its symptoms.  At Greater Long Island Dental, your dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth and jaws to diagnose TMD and prescribe a treatment accordingly. TMD treatment at our Long Island, NY, dental practice can alleviate discomfort and help in restoring your quality of life.

Symptoms and Effects of TMD

TMD can lead to several uncomfortable symptoms, including:

  • Jaw pain
  • Chronic headache
  • Ear pain
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Difficulty in opening jaws
  • Clicking or popping sound on opening the jaws
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Toothaches
  • Dizziness

While jaw pain is the most common symptom, TMD can also result in debilitating symptoms such as chronic or intermittent pain that hamper your concentration and prevent you from carrying out your daily activities. 

While jaw pain is the most common symptom, TMD can also result in debilitating symptoms such as chronic or intermittent pain that hamper your concentration and prevent you from carrying out your daily activities. 

Contributing Factors

Although the exact cause of TMD is not known, experts generally agree that an injury to the head, neck, jaw, or its joints can result in the disorder. Symptoms can also arise when patients put pressure on the joint by clenching or grinding their teeth (bruxism). Arthritis can also damage the joint’s cartilage, which covers the bones that interact with the joint. The bones and cartilage are separated by a cushioning disc, which can also erode or slip out of place.

Effective Treatment Options

We employ the latest technology in diagnosing and treating various dental conditions, including TMD. When you come into our office for a consultation, a thorough examination can confirm a diagnosis. If your dentist finds that you are suffering from TMD, he or she will plan your treatment accordingly. In mild cases, using heat packs and eating soft foods can often help with the symptoms of TMD. If this approach does not help, our team can offer other treatment options.

Orthodontic problems such as a misaligned bite can also contribute to TMD. An uneven bite can put excessive pressure on the TMJ's, thus damaging them structurally. Additionally, the associated muscles and nerves can become inflamed because of this damage. Your experienced dentist can prescribe the most effective orthodontic treatment to correct the misalignment, helping you achieve a straighter smile as well as relieve the painful symptoms of TMD.

If your TMD is associated with bruxism, we can treat it with a custom-made mouth guard. We also administer BOTOX® injections to reduce the pain of TMJ disorder.  

Contact Us to Learn More

If you are suffering from unexplained jaw pain or headaches, or are experiencing any other symptoms of TMD, you should contact us to schedule a consultation and to undergo a complete checkup. We can diagnose your condition and provide the right treatment and relief.

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101 New York Ave
Massapequa, NY 11758

Open Today 9:00am - 7:00pm

All Hours Directions (516) 468-7103