Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ or TMD) can be a debilitating source of chronic facial pain and jaw dysfunction, impacting the lives of millions in the United States alone. These disorders affect the temporomandibular joints, crucial for chewing, speaking and various jaw movements. Situated on either side of the lower jaw, these joints are among the body’s most complex, combining hinge-like and sliding motions.

Common symptoms of TMJ disorders include:

  • Locked or stuck jaw
  • Grinding, clicking or popping sounds when moving your jaw
  • An inability to open your mouth widely
  • Pain when chewing or biting
  • Pain in the neck, shoulders or ears
  • Frequent headaches
  • Earaches
  • Tinnitus
  • Muscle tension in your jaw

There are several types of treatments available depending on the severity of your condition, including night guards and BOTOX® treatment. We may also recommend physical therapy or relaxation exercises. Our dentists will evaluate your TMJ disorder to determine which type of treatment is right for you.

Self-care methods can also complement professional treatment. Patients are often advised to stick to soft foods, avoid extreme jaw movements, manage stress, and apply ice packs or moist heat as directed. Over-the-counter pain relievers can provide short-term relief, while prescription medications may be necessary in more severe cases.

Contact Hills Park Dental today at 631-254-6596 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Patricia Breen or Dr. Elyse Patrella and learn more about TMJ treatment in Deer Park, New York.

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