TMJ Treatment An Overview
Headaches, jaw pain and difficulty chewing are all common signs of a temporomandibular disorder or bite problem. Commonly known as TMJ, a bite disorder can compromise the health and function of your smile and often causes painful symptoms that can affect your daily quality of life. Riverhead dentist Dr. Sal Lotardo offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for TMJ related disorders and can give you back a smile that is healthy, functional and comfortable.
Common Causes of TMJ
TMJ disorders develop for many reasons and are often the result of several issues with your jaw and bite. You might clench or grind your teeth, tightening your jaw muscles and stressing your TM Joint. A common reason people clench their jaw is due to stress. Or, you may have a damaged jaw joint due to injury or disease. Crooked teeth can also cause stress on the jaw and result in TMJ.
Common Signs and Symptoms of TMJ
- Frequent headaches
- Ear pain or feeling of fullness
- aw pain or discomfort
- Difficulty chewing properly
- Worn or damaged teeth
- Teeth grinding and jaw clenching
The signs of a TMJ disorder can be different and unique for each patient, making it a challenge for an untrained clinician to reach a diagnosis. TMJ symptoms also often mask themselves or are similar to those of other medical conditions.
Treating a TMJ disorder early and effectively can help to prevent more complex dental problems that can develop if it is left untreated. Dr. Lotardo will work with you to identify the cause of your bite problem and recommend the most suitable treatment.