Are you experiencing symptoms that seem centered on your head and neck, such as headaches, jaw pain, ringing in the ears, and neck pain? Has your doctor been unable to locate the cause or gone so far as to tell you they’re not real? It’s likely that your symptoms are related to TMJ, a jaw disorder that can have far-reaching impacts on your body.

If you would like to learn whether TMJ is responsible for your symptoms, please call 914-332-4402 or email us to schedule a consultation with a Tarrytown TMJ dentist at Advanced Dentistry of Tarrytown.

What Is TMJ?

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ, although some people abbreviate it TMD) is the name given to any number of issues that impact the alignment and comfort of your jaw. It may be caused by trauma, disc erosion, certain types of arthritis, excessive tooth grinding (bruxism), or even poor dental restorations, but the exact cause is not always known.

Dr. Wanda Mejia and Dr. George Sepiashvili received their training in TMJ detection and treatment at the world-renowned Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI). Dr. Wanda also had a residency with neuromuscular orthodontics pioneer Dr. Jay Gerber. No matter what the cause, they can evaluate your jaw, determine the most effective treatment option, and work to restore function and comfort.

TMJ Symptoms

It often produces its most obvious symptoms in and around the jaw. Common TMJ symptoms include:

  • Clicking or popping in the jaw joint
  • Pain or swelling around the jaw
  • Limited jaw movement

However, because major nerves that run through your jaw also run through your entire face, symptoms can be far-ranging. They may include things such as migraine-type headaches and pressure in the ears and eyes as well. Some studies indicate that as much as 80% of TMJ sufferers also experience ear-related symptoms, such as tinnitus, ear pain, ear fullness, vertigo, or dizziness.

This joint condition is often detected during your regularly scheduled dental visits to our office. If you experience any of the symptoms in between visits you should contact our office at 914-332-4402 to schedule a neuromuscular evaluation with Dr. Wanda as soon as possible.

Treating TMJ

Our Tarrytown neuromuscular dentist provides individual TMJ and migraine treatments. These may include:

  • Muscle relaxation with a TENS unit
  • Correction of malocclusion with orthodontics
  • Dental restorations such as dental crowns
  • Jaw repositioning with an oral splint or mouthguard

Oral splints and mouthguards can also help prevent involuntary bruxism during your sleep.

The TMJ treatment best suited to meet your needs will be dependent on factors unique to your jaw’s misalignment. Dr. Mejia is an experienced neuromuscular dentist who will work closely with you to find the solution that best restores comfort and function to your jaw.

If you are suffering from jaw pain in the Tarrytown, New York,  area please contact Advanced Dentistry of Tarrytown today to schedule a neuromuscular dentistry consultation.