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Brite Dental Spa -  - General Dentistry

Brite Dental Spa

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Midtown West, New York, NY

TMJ, also known as temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder, affects over 10 million Americans, is often painful, and can drastically hinder your quality of life. If TMJ is getting the best of you, schedule a visit with the team at Brite Dental Spa located in Midtown West, Manhattan, to learn more about TMJ treatment options. You can schedule an appointment by calling the New York City office or using the online booking tool today. 


What is TMJ?

TMJ, otherwise known as temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder, is a condition that causes dysfunction and pain in and around your jaw joint, including jaw muscles that control movement. 

Common symptoms of TMJ include:

  • Tenderness or pain near your jaw
  • Ear pain
  • Difficulty or pain while chewing
  • Aching in your face or neck
  • Locking or popping in your jaw
  • Chronic headaches
  • Jaw stiffness

The headaches and other pain caused by TMJ can hinder your quality of life, which is why seeking treatment is so important.

What causes TMJ?

Sometimes you’ll have TMJ with no known cause, but certain factors increase your risk for developing this chronic health condition. Common causes of TMJ include:

  • Jaw joint disk erosion
  • Misalignment
  • Jaw joint damage from trauma
  • Damage of jaw joint cartilage
  • Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Grinding or clenching of your teeth
  • Connective tissue diseases
  • Jaw dislocation

Understanding your risk factors and symptoms can help you determine when it's time to seek treatment. 

How is TMJ diagnosed?

The dental team at Brite Dental Spa diagnoses TMJ by noting your symptoms and medical history and conducting a thorough dental examination. Your dentist checks for signs of TMJ – such as popping sounds when opening and closing your mouth – and may order imaging tests. These tests often include X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs.

How is TMJ treated?

If you have TMJ, your dentist works with you to come up with the treatment option that best meets your needs. Typically, less is more, which is why the team of dentists at Brite Dental Spa usually recommend the least invasive option first. 

Your dentist works with you to find a TMJ treatment plan you’re comfortable with. The dentists at Brite Dental Spa commonly recommend Botox injections and/or night guards to help protect your teeth and jaw. You can also try eating softer foods, avoiding gum, and steering clear of nail biting to reduce TMJ symptoms.

When you're ready to ease TMJ pain, call Brite Dental Spa or book an appointment online at any time.