Category Archives: TMJ Pain

Sunset Park TMJ Dentist

Sunset Park TMJ Dentist

TMJ disorder, or temporal mandibular pain, affects about 75% of Americans, and surprisingly, many of those affected by it don’t know what it is. Temporal mandibular pain is caused by the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw to the bone of the skull. They attach right in front of your ears on either side of your head. Many people experience pain here, for various reasons. At the dental office of Dr. Henry Young, our Sunset Park TMJ dentist has seen many patients with varying degrees of TMJ disorder. If left untreated, it can progress, and eventually lead to facial pain, jaw pain, tightness, and headaches.

While the cause of TMJ disorder is not totally clear, dentists believe that it arises from problems it the muscles of the jaw, or the jaw joints themselves. Discomfort and tightness can come from many different things. People who grind or clench their teeth often experience TMJ disorder, since it puts a lot of added pressure on the muscle. Injury to the jaw, join, or muscles around the head and neck can cause TMJ disorder, and even cause dislocation of the disc between the ball and socket joint. Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis can also affect the TMJ. Additionally, stress can cause TMJ disorder, since people who are stressed often tighten their facial muscles, and clench their teeth and jaw.

Sunset Park Dental Practice

Sunset Park Dental Practice

If you come in complaining of TMJ disorder symptoms, our Sunset Park TMJ dentist will first try to rule out any other problems like tooth aches, or sinus infections. Then, we work with you to figure out the best course of treatment. There are some basic, self-care treatments like heat and cold packs that can ease tension in the facial muscles. Eating different, softer foods can also alleviate symptoms, and lessen clicking in the jaw. For more serious conditions, you might consider low-level laser therapy, which reduces pain and inflammation, and increases range of motion of the joints. Wearing a splint or night guard, undergoing corrective treatments, and relaxation techniques are all other treatment options.

No matter how severe your case of TMJ disorder is, our Sunset Park TMJ dentist is here to help. If you have been experiencing pain or tenderness in the face, jaw, or neck area, when you chew, have swelling on the side of the face, or hear a clicking when opening and closing your jaw, you may have TMJ disorder. We invite you to visit our Sunset Park TMJ dentist by calling 718-513-9681. You don’t have to go on living with TMJ discomfort. Treatment is out there, and we are here to help you find comfort in your everyday life.

Temporal Mandibular Pain Sunset Park
415 73rd Street
Brooklyn, New York 11209
718-513-9681

Prospect Park TMJ Dentist

Prospect Park TMJ Dentist

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.

TMJ Treatment Prospect Park

TMJ Treatment Prospect Park

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.

TMJ Disorder Prospect Park
415 73rd Street
Brooklyn, New York 11209
718-513-9681

Bensonhurst TMJ Dentist

Bensonhurst TMJ Dentist

There have been many self-help remedies that have been suggested to treat TMJ pain, but you must be aware that these remedies do not treat the cause. TMJ (“temporomandibular joint” problems) treatments at our Bensonhurst TMJ Dentist may be less costly, less of a time commitment, and definitely produce a successful result. Even though self-help remedies don’t treat TMJ long term, temporary relief may be found by applying heat and cold packs to the sides of your face, limiting jaw movement, eating softer food and foods that don’t require a lot of chewing, follow through with restorative tooth treatments needed so your bite is not affected, simple jaw massage, and possible medications such as muscle relaxants. You should also keep up with routine dental visits so our dentist can regularly monitor your TMJ pain and related symptoms.

Bensonhurst Facial Pain

Bensonhurst Facial Pain

A number of treatment options are available to correct TMJ and “conservative” is the key word when it comes to TMJ treatment. Specific treatment should be determined during a consultation with one of our Bensonhurst TMJ Dentist who are highly experienced in jaw and orofacial pain. Henry Young, DDS has expertise in evaluating jaw-to-bite relationships, and is knowledgeable when it comes to appropriate procedures such as occlusal equilibration and the use of intra-oral appliances. With the proper guidance, most treatments for TMJ pain are simple and can be done at home, without the need for surgery. The more severe cases may require treatment with splints, or mouth guards. Basically, TMJ is a disorder of the jaw muscles, joints or nerves associated with chronic facial pain.

A careful examination of the joints and occlusion by our Bensonhurst TMJ Dentist is a necessary step before a specific treatment is selected. Only a small percentage of TMJ cases require surgical intervention. If an improper bite is the cause of the TMJ pain, many bite corrections can be achieved with orthodontics, restorations, equilibration or appliance therapy, such as a splint or mouth guard. The TMJ splint is worn to reduce stress on the jaw and allow muscles to function to their best ability. One of the newer treatments for TMJ is actually Botox injected into the deep jaw muscle which will block nerve signals that cause uncontrollable muscle movements, ultimately relaxing the muscles.

Bensonhurst TMJ Pain
415 73rd Street
Brooklyn, New York 11209
718-513-9681

TMJ Dentist Park Slope

TMJ Dentist Park Slope

Dr. Henry Young provides the highest quality of Dental Care to his patients located in Bay Ridge and Sunset Park, Brooklyn.  Dr. Young has also become renowned for his unique ability to diagnosis the causes of orofacial and TMJ pain.  Our Park Slope TMJ dentist  knowledge and ability to form a differential diagnosis, and thorough testing techniques have allowed him to become a recognized expert in the field.  Dr. Young has become the “man to turn to” when dentists and patients cannot find an answer to orofacial and TMJ pain.

TMJ Dentist Bay Ridge

415 73rd Street
Brooklyn, New York 11209
718-513-9681