Some of the most common problems that bring patients in to see our Dr. Henry Young are related to the temporomandibular jaw, known in short as TMJ. Our Prospect Park TMJ dentist is here to inform you about some of these common issues and what typically causes them so that you can try to avoid them and can seek the proper treatment if necessary. Firstly, it is important to know what TMJ actually refers to. The temporomandibular jaw is the joint that keeps your lower jaw and the side of your head connected. This joint and its surrounding muscles are what make it possible for us to open and close our mouths, talk, chew, and all other similar actions. This particular joint is more complicated than most of our other joints, and therefore it is more susceptible to difficulties.
The causes of TMJ disorders are mostly not proven, but there are a number of speculations that scientists believe might play a role. TMJ disorders tend to occur more often in women than men, so there is now research being conducted testing if there is a link between female hormones and TMJ problems. TMJ disorders are also often associated with stress and with teeth grinding. There are a few common symptoms that can indicate that there is an issue with your temporomandibular joint. If you are experiencing pain in your face, jaw or neck, stiffness in your jaw muscle, limited movement in the jaw, a painful clicking or popping of your jaw when you open your mouth, or if you notice a change in the way your upper and lower teeth are fitting together, you may be developing a TMJ disorder. Do not try and push through the pain – schedule an appointment with our Prospect Park TMJ dentist so that we can work through the problem and find a solution to your discomfort together.
To learn more about TMJ disorders and the other types of services provided by our Prospect Park TMJ dentist, we encourage you to visit Dr. Henry Young’s website and to reach out to us at the office if you have any specific questions or concerns that we can help you with. We look forward to your next visit.