Dentist Ithaca How dentists can help stop TMJ

Dentistry in Ithaca NY on putting a stop to TMJ with the help of your dentist

TMJ is something that many people live with every day and it can appear at any time. More than fifteen percent of Americans suffer from the painful symptoms of TMJ. Many people may think their jaw gets sore, but this ailment can cause a multitude of pains that can affect daily living.


Signs of TMJ disorders may include:

·         Pain or tenderness in the jaw

·         A “popping” sound when the jaw opens or closes

·         Pain in the temporomandibular joints

·         Aching pain in and around the ear or neck

·         Difficulty chewing

·         Pain while chewing

·         Aching facial pain

·         Locking of the jaw

·         Difficulty opening or closing the mouth

·         Headaches


Dentists can Help Stop TMJ

TMJ can be caused by many things, including teeth grinding, arthritis, stress, connective tissue diseases or injury to the jaw. During the physical exam, Dr. John Comisi will listen and feel your jaw when you open and close your mouth. This will indicate if there is a misalignment, pain or strain.


Along with this, they will observe the range of motion in your jaw, identify sites of pain or discomfort and possibly take dental X-rays. TMJ is a relatively easy condition to diagnose. After a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan will begin.


Many Treatments are Available to Prevent or Stop TMJ

Your dentist can fit you with and provide you a bite guard to prevent teeth clenching and grinding. This is a very effective solution for many patients who see dentists for TMJ. This can be paired with massage and warm compresses on the face to relax the jaw. Some patients even seek acupuncture to reduce stress, which has been proven to help with TMJ as well.


Other treatments in more severe cases may include medications, injections or surgery. You do not have to live with the daily pain of TMJ, there are natural, noninvasive approaches to help you feel better faster.


Contact our office today at (607) 272-3433 if you experience any of the signs of TMJ disorder.