TMD TMJ Treatment in Scarsdale

Patient with Jaw Pain

Patients with the symptoms of temporomandibular Jawbone disorder (TMD) or Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) jaw hinge pain frequently seek the advice and treatment from our skilled dentists in Scarsdale to help relieve their symptoms. Although TMD manifestation may vary in severity, we urge patients to see us before they have unbearable pain.

What are the Symptoms of TMJ TMD?

TMD occurs as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint (or TMJ), and surrounding facial muscles.   Causes of TMD may include injury to the teeth or jaw, misalignment of the teeth or jaw, teeth grinding, poor posture, stress, arthritis, and excessive gum checking.

TMD  can cause pain in the jaw joint (TMJ) and in the muscles that control jaw movement. Specific TMD symptoms could include:

  • A jaw that locks or gets stuck when opening the mouth
  • The sound of popping, clicking or grinding that occurs when opening and closing the mouth
  • Stiff or sore muscles around your jaw when you wake up
  • Frequent neck aches or headaches
  • Clenching teeth makes the pain worse
  • Opening your mouth, to eat or yawn is difficult or painful
  • Grinding of Teeth at night
  • Swelling or inflammation of the face and neck area

TMD TMJ Treatments

Scarsdale Dental Group in your consultation can discuss the treatment options that can improve the balance and function of your jaw and prescribe a treatment plan customized to your needs. It is important to note that treatment always works best with a combined approach of self-care accompanied with professional dental care.

The first goals of any treatment plan are to stop the muscle spasm and relieve joint pain. This is usually treated with an over the counter pain reliever, anti-inflammatory or muscle relaxant. For some patients, prescription versions of those drugs may be temporarily required, especially during initial use of a dental appliance for treatment.

Every TMD case is unique. In certain circumstances, TMD may get better on its own. However, if symptoms do not clear up on their own, the dentists at Scarsdale Dental Group have plenty of experience treating this common disorder.

Non-Pharmaceutical Treatments.  Scarsdale Dental Group may recommend reversible occlusal (denoting a portion of a tooth that comes into contact with a tooth in the other jaw ) to temporarily alters the occlusal condition and/or joint position with a custom-made bite guard, also referred to as an appliance therapy. This type of muscle relaxation splint is similar to a night guard used for the prevention of tooth wear from grinding. This specialized appliance is intricately designed to relieve your jaw pain, relax your muscles and minimize headaches. Usually, patients have either an upper or lower appliance but never both at the same time. The SDG doctors will also educate patients about the behaviors that may be contributing to TMD pain to determine with you if there are any behavioral changes that may help alleviate this condition’s severity.

Medications.  Certain medications may help relieve TMD symptoms, especially when used in conjunction with a custom made bite-guard. Prescription pain relievers, muscle relaxants, tri-cyclic antidepressant and sedatives have been used by our patients to relieve severe TMD pain that prevents the patient from sleeping.

Surgical/Medical Procedures. When the conservative appliance therapy and medications are not providing significant relief, Scarsdale Dental has a network of specialists that may be tapped to further advance your treatment. Surgical or medical procedures, that will eliminate the inflammation that causes joint pain.

Understanding Occlusion

Occlusion in a dental context, means simply the contact between the upper and lower teeth. It is the relationship between the maxillary and mandibular teeth when they approach each other, as occurs during chewing or at rest.

Poor Occlusion can be due to three specific occlusion motions that if not properly aligned generate symptoms of TMD TMJ.

Come In and Talk With Us

Below is a short video that describes the 3 prominent reasons for bite misalignment, a potential root cause for TMD TMJ symptoms.  

The Nightly Grinding button opens a 4-page document that our patients have told us is very beneficial for patients undergoing treatment.

In closing, as with many conditions, permanent damage is escalating until the situation gets addressed. So If you are currently experiencing any of the symptoms of TMD TMJ please contact us at your earliest convenience. You can expect from us a diagnosis and treatment recommendation, which will offer the optimal plan for a recovery, and secure for yourself peace of mind for a good nights sleep!