TMJ Disorder Therapy
Temporomandibular joint disorder or dysfunction, sometimes simply referred to as TMJ or TMD, is actually a variety of disorders of the jaw leading to pain, discomfort, or limited jaw movement. An estimated 10 million people in the US suffer from some form of TMD, and few seek treatment before the symptoms escalate significantly. At Maspeth Dental, we’re dedicated to helping patients understand their oral health and recognize the signs of common dental health issues. During each dental checkup, we screen for signs of TMJ disorder and educate patients about possible symptoms to monitor.
Common Warning Signs of TMJ Disorder
- Pain, aching, or discomfort in the jaw
- Headache, earache, or neck and shoulder pain
- Numbness or tingling in the face, neck, arms, or hands
- Inability to fully open mouth or pain when opening the mouth
- Clicking or grinding sounds during jaw motion
Diagnosing and Treating TMD at Maspeth Dental
During six-month checkups, our team carefully examines the jaw, bite motion, neck, and shoulders. If we determine that TMD is the cause of pain and discomfort, we will discus possible behaviors that contribute to TMJ and determine what the next steps should be to restore oral health. We create a customized treatment plan to meet patients’ individual needs.
Dr. Lorber and his team may recommend patients from Maspeth, Middle Village, and other surrounding areas consider a number of individual or combined therapies to relieve pain and restore oral health. These include:
- Stress management techniques
- Exercise therapy
- Oral appliance therapy
Don’t hesitate to contact Maspeth Dental at the first signs of TMJ dysfunction. We’ll take time to discuss your symptoms and help you determine whether a visit to our practice is necessary. Your comfort, safety, and oral health are our top priorities, and we’re always happy to help you.