TMJ - Long Island City, NY
What is TMJ or TMD?
Temporomandibular joint Dysfunction
Your TMJ is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. When you have a dysfunction with it, it means that there is something wrong with the joint. Consequently it will affect how your jaw opens, closes, moving side to side, and last but not least chewing!
What causes TMJ?
You could have a defective temporomandibular joint via bad hereditary genetics.
For the vast majority of people with TMD, the primary cause is from overuse typically exacerbated by stress.
Some people will stress eat while others take it out on their poor joint either by clenching their teeth or grinding their teeth. They may do this subconsciously at night time or even during the day.
Alternatively, you could have TMJ pain after dental work!
Where TMJ pain is felt
The symptoms for TMJ can manifest in a variety of forms.
Some people can have headaches or just general jaw pain in their chewing muscles. It will feel like it is more tiring to chew.
Others can have jaw popping when they open their mouths. Fortunately it is painless most of the time. You can also hear jaw clicking sometimes when you op.
How is TMJ treated by our long island city dentists?
The first thing you can do to treat it, is to schedule a consultation with one of our LIC dentists so that we can do an evaluation on how severe your condition is.
The first line of treatment is the making of a TMJ splint or more commonly known as a night guard. A lot of patients typically do report TMJ relief from wearing the splint at night time.
In addition to making the splint or guard, we also recommend manual therapy for the jaw muscles. Manually treating the muscles will result in instant jaw pain relief. You may be surprised to find trigger points and muscle knots in your jaw muscles! Our long island city dentists will show you how to do it yourself.
We highly recommend to at least begin your journey on treating this condition because if it gets bad enough, you may require TMJ surgery with the TMJ specialist or oral surgeon.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are my TMJ splints or night guards covered by insurance?
Fortunately YES. Most dental insurances will typically cover a percentage of your oral appliance. We have noticed that guardian dental insurance in particular seems to have poor to no coverage for night guards.
Will TMJ ever go away on its own?
It will not go away on its own. Some intervention is required to break the cycle so that you can manage the symptoms.
How can TMJ be cured permanently?
Unfortunately there is no cure because once the joint gets worn down, you can't unwear it. It is similar to how if you wear down your knee or hip joint. The only solution would be to get a knee or hip replacement! Can you guess what you'll need?
Where to find our dentists in long island city for TMJ
TMJ can be caused by stress in our lives such as a high stress job in law. In fact, our LIC dental office is really close by to the historic Long Island City Courthouse, which is located at 2510 Ct Square W. This courthouse is actually right across the street from the court square train station and the direction to get to our LIC dentist is pretty straight forward. You walk north until you hit Jackson Ave and then take a left. Keep walking straight and you'll reach us. Once you do, we'll give you a proper diagnosis about whether or not you have problems with your TMJ.