TMJ Treatment

Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Yorktown, Shrub Oak, NY

Temporomandibular joint disorder, usually called TMJ, means you have a problem with your jaw joint and/or the muscles that control it. At Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs in the Shrub Oak and Yorktown, New York, area, Elliot Ledner, DDS, Janet Zaiff, DDS, and the team, understand the discomfort, inconvenience, and pain that TMJ can cause. They’re here to provide effective noninvasive solutions. Call the office to get jaw pain relief now.

TMJ Treatment Q & A

What are the symptoms of TMJ?

TMJ symptoms are mainly connected to your jaw but can spread to other areas, as well. Common symptoms include:

  • Popping noise in your jaw joint
  • Sore or painful jaw
  • Locking jaw
  • Headaches
  • Stuffiness or ringing in your ears
  • Sore or painful ears
  • Dizzy spells
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Neck, shoulder, or upper back pain
  • Sore or painful face
  • Struggling to breathe

If you ignore TMJ symptoms, they tend to intensify and grow in number over time.

How do I know if I have TMJ?

If you suspect you have TMJ, the first step is an evaluation at Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs. The team can expertly analyze your symptoms and evaluate your jaw to determine if TMJ is the problem. 

Sometimes, the symptoms of TMJ are similar to those of bruxism (teeth grinding), and the two conditions can occur at the same time, too. The expert team can diagnose and treat both conditions. 

How does TMJ treatment work?

In many cases, TMJ treatment involves oral appliances, small custom-made devices that the Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs fits in the office. 

Your oral appliance corrects the way your teeth fit together (your bite) and improves the movement of your jaw joint to relieve your TMJ symptoms. Oral appliances are small, very comfortable, and easy-to-wear.

How do oral appliances work for other conditions?

In addition to TMJ, oral appliances may treat bruxism and obstructive sleep apnea. 

Bruxism

With bruxism, the main role of the oral appliance is to protect your teeth and prevent cracks and other damage. Bruxism appliances are generally made of an acrylic material that you can’t destroy unconsciously while you’re sleeping. 

Obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which you quit breathing for many short interludes while you’re asleep. This happens because your throat muscles fall back to block your windpipe when you’re relaxed. 

Usually, obstructive sleep apnea sufferers snore loudly, have daytime drowsiness, and may wake up with headaches and/or dry mouth. An oral appliance can move your jaw slightly forward, which prevents throat muscles from blocking your airway. 

The Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs team are experts in oral appliance design and fitting for TMJ, bruxism, and obstructive sleep apnea. Call the office for help today.