The experienced Westchester, New York area neuromuscular dentists at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake can help you if you are suffering from chronic headaches, neck pain, vertigo, and tinnitus. Each one of these may be a symptom of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD). It is hard to diagnose, especially for a doctor, and many people find it hard to get treatment.
If you have chronic headaches, jaw pain, and other symptoms, and you’re not happy with your current treatment, we can help. Please call (914) 526-2144 or email Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake to learn whether TMJ treatment might help where other treatments have failed.
What Is TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint connects your lower jaw to your skull. It’s a complex joint, allowing the jaw to move up and down, forward and back, and side to side. The temporomandibular joint exists at the crossroads of your body, interacting with some of your body’s most important nerves, blood vessels, and muscles. When this joint is misaligned or dysfunctional, it can have major impacts on the smooth functioning of your body, and many of the symptoms are ones you might not immediately associate with your jaw. Dysfunction of the jaw joint is called tempormandibular joint disorder (abbreviated inconsistently as TMJ or TMD).
There are many forms of TMJ. The most common is muscle pain, also called myofascial pain disorder (MPD). Next most common is disc displacement (DD), where the disc that cushions the jaw joint is out of place. Degenerative joint disease (DJD) is when the joint breaks down because of conditions like arthritis. These are the three most widely agreed forms of the condition, but they are not the only ones.