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). TMJ 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) 352-5175 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, 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.

Symptoms of TMJ

Common symptoms include:

  • Neck aches
  • Migraine-like headaches
  • Clicking in the jaw
  • Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears
  • Vertigo
  • Broken teeth, fillings, or crowns
  • Collapse of the facial structure

But this is just a sample of the many symptoms TMJ sufferers endure. The effects can be felt throughout the body, so treatment is vital.

Neuromuscular Dentistry

The branch of dentistry that deals with treating TMJ is called neuromuscular dentistry. Pain caused by it can go undiagnosed for a very long time, and symptoms may be masked by other treatments that never get to the root cause of the problem. Dr. Sepiashvili and Dr. Wanda Mejia are experienced neuromuscular dentists able to look past your symptoms and focus on the main cause or causes of your pain to develop an individualized treatment plan.

Often TMJ treatment begins with a TENS unit. This state-of-the-art technology emits a mild electrical pulse to the jaw muscles to relax them. Dr. Sepiashvili can then measure your optimal bite to give you proper treatment.

TMJ Full Mouth Rehabilitation

Full mouth rehabilitation for TMJ may include different cosmetic dentistry procedures if the problem is broken or worn teeth, or dental orthotic devices or even other. The goal of these devices is to:

  • Reposition the jaw to its proper location over time
  • Realign the bite
  • Protect teeth from nighttime grinding
  • Allow the jaw and the face to relax

If your pain and suffering has been caused by TMJ, there is a cure for it. However, the diagnosis requires a qualified and experienced neuromuscular dentist to treat it.

If you are in the Westchester County, Peekskill, or Yorktown, New York area and believe you may be suffering from symptoms caused by TMJ, please call (914) 352-5175 or contact experienced neuromuscular dentist Dr. George Sepiashvili for an initial TMJ consultation.