According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), more than 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ (temporomandibular joint syndrome, also known as TMD or temporomandibular joint disorder), a disorder that affects one or both of the hinge joints that join the upper and lower jaw to the skull. Although anyone can develop TMJ, statistics show that it is more common among women than men. There are a few factors that can increase cause and increase your risk of developing TMJ, which can range from mild discomfort and pain to joint deterioration and locking of the jaw in the open or closed position. Dr. Zev Walter Maybruch, a dentist in Kew Gardens Hills, NY, near Flushing, provides TMJ diagnosis and treatment
TMJ Diagnosis and Treatment in Kew Gardens Hills, NY, near Flushing
If you grind your teeth or clench your jaw while you sleep or during periods of stress, you may experience occasional soreness or mild stiffness around your jaw and back teeth. But prolonged symptoms like pain in your jaw and temples, difficulty chewing and swallowing, or pain and stiffness when you open and close your mouth can be a sign of TMJ. TMJ also causes "popping" or "clicking" in the affected joint.
Are You at Risk for TMJ?
Your dentist can help you determine whether your symptoms are related to TMJ, and assess your individual risk for TMJ and other oral health problems. Discuss your symptoms with your dentist, as well as any family history of TMJ or dental problems. Some of the most common risk factors for TMJ include:
- Trauma or an injury to the joint
- Arthritis/joint degeneration
- Mechanical damage to the joint due to grinding or clenching
Find a Dentist in Kew Gardens Hills, NY, near Flushing
If you are experiencing symptoms or have been diagnosed with TMJ, contact our office by calling (718) 263-8300 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Maybruch today.