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.
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.
TMJ Treatment What to Expect
Treatment for TMJ will address both the cause of the problem and any damage that has occurred as a result of teeth grinding or jaw clenching. Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a common sign of a TMJ disorder and can lead to teeth that are worn, chipped or cracked. Dr. Lotardo will look for the signs of bruxism during regular preventive care visits for early intervention and treatment. Excessive or untreated teeth grinding can even lead to tooth loss.
Treatment options can include:
Mouthguards or dental splint therapy: a custom fit mouthguard is often the conservative treatment option for teeth grinding. Bruxism may also be caused by stress in your daily life.
Restorative dental treatments: for patients with tooth damage, restorative dental treatments may be necessary to repair teeth and restore a comfortable bite. These can include dental crowns, dental veneers or tooth bonding.
Orthodontics: if crooked and misaligned teeth are the cause of your bite problem, orthodontic treatment may be the solution to restore balance the bite.
Dr. Salvatore Lotardo is a highly experienced and trained dentist who takes pride in the lasting relationships he has built with patients. Our family friendly dentist offices in Riverhead and Roslyn, NY are your local dental home for maintaining, restoring or enhancing your natural smile. Dr. Lotardo and our team of dental professionals provide personalized care for all of your dental health needs and desires.
Bella Smiles offers comprehensive cosmetic and restorative dentistry to address dental concerns that affect the health or aesthetics of your smile. Dr. Lotardo is an Accredited Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) and remains committed to providing the latest treatment options using quality materials and advanced technology.