Many Americans suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly referred to as TMJ, or TMD.
Many will go throughout their life without relief of TMJ. However, it is a condition that needs to be treated, before it begins to hinder your everyday activities. Overuse of the muscles, teeth grinding, and stress are among the common situations TMJ occurs. TMJ is the joint that helps you chew, and helps your mouth open and close. Studies suggest woman have a higher rate of TMJ disorders due to estrogen which can inflame this joint easier and cause facial pain. Our Brooklyn facial pain specialist has expertise in orofacial and TMJ disorders. When you chose the right dentist to provide correct treatment or facial pain relief you want someone who is a professional in this area. Treating any orofacial disorders include examining teeth, neck, jaw, neck muscles, tongue position, airway and systemic conditions.
Bay Ridge Temporal Mandibular Disorder (TMD)
Our Bay Ridge dentist will diagnose temporal mandibular pain and provide treatment. Joint pain that may suggest TMJ include headaches, jaw and facial pain, jaw clicking, limited mouth opening, problems chewing or talking. Although dentists cannot cure TMJ, providing correct treatment is crucial. If our Brooklyn facial pain dentist evaluates that your TMD is caused by teeth grinding at night, a nighttime mouth guard may be provided. Physical therapy and stress management are also good therapies for TMJ. When our dentist, Dr. Henry Young provides general teeth cleaning he is also assessing for symptoms that could lead to TMD or orofacial pain. Teeth grinding can be seen by a dentist eyes by looking for signs such as worn down teeth, sensitive teeth and chipped teeth. Our professional dental office serves the areas of Bay Ridge, Prospect Park, Park Slope, Sunset Park and Bensonhurst.