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TMJ Treatment

Chronic Jaw Pain or Headaches?

Comprehensive Relief Is Here

Jaw popping and stiffness. Migraines. Neck and back pain. As diverse as these symptoms are, they all may have TMJ disorders as a common cause. Often problems with your temporomandibular joints (TMJ)—where your lower jaw connects to your skull—are due to teeth or jaw misalignment. 

At Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake, TMJ treatment is one of our signature services. We have advanced training in neuromuscular dentistry and physiologic dentistry from the acclaimed Las Vegas Institute. Some of the most comprehensive capabilities for diagnosing and treating temporomandibular disorders anywhere. We’re your home for effective, reliable TMJ treatment in Mohegan Lake and Tarrytown, NY.

Dr. Wanda Mejia talks about treating TMJ on The Wellness Hour

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Common TMJ Disorder Symptoms

  • Jaw discomfort and locking
  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Worn-down teeth
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Eye pain
  • Backaches
  • Earaches
  • Tinnitus
  • Vertigo

Unmatched TMJ Treatment Options

Though TMJ problems can impact many parts of your upper body, treating the affected area can make all of your symptoms disappear. We have both the extensive expertise and technology to identify and treat these, allowing you to live a comfortable life with normal jaw function again. We provide phased treatment that usually includes one or many of these solutions:

J5 TENS Unit

As a first step in TMJ treatment, we attempt to relax your jaw muscles using an electric massage unit called TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation). This helps us diagnose your issues because it allows us to analyze your bite without interference from accommodative bite habits and also provides relief from your symptoms. Many of our patients find immediate relief with TENS and some don’t require any additional treatment beyond periodic TENS therapy!

K7 Evaluation System

The leading tool for gaining scientific measurements about the health of your jaw, the K7 consists of three components. The computerized mandibular scanner (CMS) lets us determine precisely how your jaw moves and identifies any irregularities. Electromyography (EMG) is a technique that allows us to measure the activity in eight different muscles simultaneously, so we can determine the exact position of maximum rest in your bite. Electrosonography (ESG) allows us to amplify, characterize, and record the sounds of your jaw joint. Together, these give us the objective, scientific measurements we need to design an evidence-based treatment plan for your TMJ disorder.

Tekscan® T-Scan

This tool is a digital bite sensor that allows us to determine exactly how much force you’re applying to each of your teeth when you bite down. It shows us not only the total force, but how that force develops, enabling us to identify certain teeth that might be bearing the brunt of your bite, which can lead to TMJ pain as well as possible damage to your teeth.

The Wellness Hour - Dr. Sepiashvili Discusses Treatment Options For TMJ/TMD

Nonsurgical Bite Repositioning

Using a mouthguard—an appliance similar to one you might use during sports activities—we can keep your mouth from moving into a position that puts stress on your jaws. We customize these to fit you comfortably so that they’ll provide the best results. Some mouthguards can be worn both day and night. These appliances are not only effective for TMJ treatment, some can also be used to treat obstructive sleep apnea.

Restorative Dentistry

When you have one or more missing or damaged teeth your bite will often be thrown out of alignment. We can provide multiple ways to restore the function and esthetics of your smile while alleviating the related TMJ issues. With options including everything from crowns and bridges to dental implants —the gold standard in tooth replacement—we can have you eating, speaking, laughing, and smiling again with complete confidence.

Occlusal Adjustment

When you bite down and your teeth don’t fit together correctly, you may experience discomfort and eventually see your teeth start to become worn. Sometimes the reason for this malocclusion is that one or more teeth are taller than the others. We can correct this with occlusal adjustment, a relatively simple procedure during which we remove a small amount of enamel from the occlusal surface of some teeth to allow you to have a more natural, comfortable bite.

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Don’t Live with TMJ Pain

Come to us for comprehensive TMJ treatment.