What is TMJ?

The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is the joint that connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the rest of your head. If this joint becomes stressed, misaligned, or damaged, it can result in a condition referred to as TMJ disorder, which is sometimes simply called TMD. TMJ disorder may be caused by a number of factors, such as stress, arthritis in the jaw joint, bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), a misaligned bite, or trauma to the head, neck, or jaw. Patients who suffer from TMD commonly list the following among their symptoms:

  • Jaw pain
  • Clicking, grinding, or popping sounds in the jaw when opening and closing the mouth
  • Difficult or painful speaking and chewing
  • Inability to open the mouth wide
  • A locked or stuck jaw
  • Ear pain or ringing in the ears
  • Pain in the face, head, neck, or shoulders

What is TMJ treatment?

Our dentists are pleased to provide quality treatment for the TMJ in Yonkers, New York. TMJ treatment is based on your specific needs and the cause of the disorder. Drs. Stan and Amy Shih may recommend facial muscle relaxation exercises, restorative dental treatments, a night guard to prevent teeth grinding, or a bite guard that corrects the positioning of the jaws. For more serious conditions, we may suggest jaw surgery. If you believe you may suffer from a TMJ disorder, we encourage you to contact us today at Westchester Family Dentistry. We are dedicated to helping you live free from pain.