Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is any disorder that affects the proper functioning and alignment of your jaw. There are many potential causes of TMJ, including teeth grinding, stress, jaw trauma, or diseases such as osteoporosis or arthritis. No matter the cause, the Westchester County, New York dentists at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake can help you recognize the symptoms, and find the correct treatment for TMJ.

Many people don’t realize that TMJ is linked to as many symptoms as it is. They don’t realize that jaw problems could result in headaches, ear problems, and symptoms throughout the body. This includes doctors. As a result, many people are given ineffectual treatments for their symptoms while the core cause remains untreated. If your doctor or other healthcare provider has given you a number of ineffectual treatments for your symptoms, we can help. Please call (914) 526-2144 or email Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake, helping patients throughout Westchester County and beyond.

Common Symptoms of TMJ

TMJ can cause many symptoms including:

  • Headaches
  • Neck and backaches
  • Clicking or popping in the jaw
  • Facial pain
  • Tinnitus
  • Broken or unevenly worn down teeth
  • Vertigo
  • Ear ringing
  • Insomnia
  • Collapse of facial structure

How is TMJ capable of causing all of these symptoms? Some of the symptoms are related to the functioning of the jaw itself. Jaw popping and clicking is caused by the displacement of the cushioning disc in the jaw, which moves in and out of position.

The imbalanced jaw can lead to uneven stress on the teeth, causing some of them to break or wear down. It can also lead to excessive force on your bones, causing grinding or resorption of bone—when your body removes bone either because it’s not being used or it’s being subjected to excessive force.

Pain associated with TMJ may be due to pinched nerves, grinding bone, or sore muscles. Pain is a common cause of insomnia among TMJ sufferers.

The jaw muscles partner with muscles in the head and neck. When the jaw muscles are stressed, they will pass that stress on to their partner muscles. Left untreated, TMJ can also lead to things such as postural problems as the slope of your jaw tugs on adjacent muscles in your back and neck, and brings your entire spine out of alignment.

Woman with tmj symptoms places her hand on her cheek trying to reduce her pain

Diagnosing TMJ

At our comfortable Westchester County dental office, neuromuscular dentists Dr. George Sepiashvili and Dr. Wanda Mejia diagnose TMJ through a scientific process. First, we will listen to your symptoms. Then we will measure parameters of your jaw to determine whether it is truly out of alignment. Once we have determined how much your jaw is out of alignment, we will talk to you about treatment options that are appropriate for your bite.

Having healthy jaw function is critical, but we understand that it is often an unexpected expense. If you need TMJ treatment, but have difficulty fitting it into your budget, we offer convenient financing options that can help.

If you live in Westchester County, New York and are experiencing any of the symptoms of TMJ, please contact the neuromuscular dentists at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake to schedule a TMJ evaluation today.