Senior woman likely experiencing TMJ symptomsWe sometimes describe TMJ as “the great imposter” because its symptoms are so diverse and various that it is commonly misdiagnosed as other conditions. Most TMJ symptoms occur in the jaw and mouth region. But many of them occur elsewhere in the head and neck, including headaches and ear symptoms. People often realize they’ve been misdiagnosed when treatment affects only some of their symptoms—or maybe none at all.

If you’ve been having trouble getting treatment for symptoms you suspect are due to TMJ in Tarrytown, please call (914) 332-4402 or email Advanced Dentistry of Tarrytown today.

TMJ Jaw Symptoms

Symptoms of TMJ most often occur in and around the jaw. Clicking or popping noises when chewing are common, as are grinding noises in the jaw when opening or shutting the mouth. Additional symptoms occurring in the jaw area may include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Limited jaw movement or lockjaw
  • General discomfort
  • Excessive tooth wear or tooth damage

These symptoms nearly always indicate some problem with the jaw joint and should be brought to the attention of Tarrytown neuromuscular dentist Dr. Wanda Mejia or Dr. George Sepiashvili as soon as they are noticed.

Other TMJ Symptoms

Symptoms that may accompany or manifest independent of those in the jaw include:

  • Migraine or tension headaches
  • Ringing, pain, or pressure in the ears
  • Pressure in or around the eyes
  • Nasal discomfort
  • Neck and back aches
  • Postural changes

Because these symptoms may occur independently of TMJ symptoms around the jaw, doctors may misdiagnose them as separate conditions. A doctor may then prescribe medications or other treatments that dull pain, but fail to address the underlying issue. Unfortunately, unless you get TMJ treatment, these symptoms will not go away, making it important to have them evaluated by a neuromuscular dentist to ensure the most effective treatment.

Addressing TMJ

Because TMJ symptoms can vary widely, so will the treatments. The most effective TMJ or migraine treatment for you will be based on the extent of misalignment and on the symptoms you are experiencing. Dr. Mejia studied neuromuscular dentistry at the prestigious Las Vega Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and will work closely with you to determine the best treatment for your TMJ.

Initial treatment may include the use of a TENS unit. This state-of-the-art technology sends gentle electric pulses into the muscles of your jaw to immediately reduce pain through muscle relaxation. Long-term solutions may include dental restorations, a mouthguard you wear at night, or options such as orthodontics to correct underlying bite issues. This will be determined by Dr. Mejia during your neuromuscular evaluation.

If you live in or around Tarrytown, New York and are experiencing any of the symptoms of TMJ, please call (914) 332-4402 or contact Advanced Dentistry of Tarrytown today to schedule a neuromuscular dentistry consultation.