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What is TMJ, and Do I Have it?

Aug 17, 2020 | TMJ

TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint that connects the jawbone to your skull. There is one on each side of the jaw, and it works like a sliding hinge that allows us to move our jaw freely. Those who have pain in the jaw joint or muscles around it suffer from a TMJ disorder, a type of temporomandibular disorder (TMD).

It can be challenging to pinpoint the precise reason one develops a TMJ disorder. Still, factors such as genetics, arthritis, or a jaw injury can all play a part in the diagnosis. For some people, if they tend to clench and grind their teeth periodically, they have the potential to develop a TMJ disorder.

Symptoms of TMJ

The signs and symptoms of a TMJ disorder include:

  • Pain and tenderness near and around your jaw
  • Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints
  • Pain in around your ear
  • Difficulty or pain while chewing
  • Aching pain around the face
  • Swelling on the side of your face
  • Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open and close your mouth
  • Clicking or grating sensation when you open or close your mouth

It is also possible that you experience toothaches, headaches, neck aches, earaches, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), upper shoulder pain, and dizziness accompanied by these symptoms.

Make sure to seek treatment from a TMJ specialist if you experience any of these symptoms and have persistent pain or tenderness in or around your jaw.

TMJ Treatment on Long Island

One of the best methods for treating TMJ disorder, especially if caused by clenching or grinding teeth, is wearing a nightguard. The Preventive Oral Device®, or POD®, is a specifically designed and internationally patented night guard worn while sleeping. This night guard is used to prevent damage to your teeth and temporomandibular joint caused by clenching or grinding your teeth as you rest. The space between the teeth and prevention of grinding and clenching from this device helps alleviate jaw pain, facial pain, and headaches caused by TMJ disorders.

Seek Treatment from a TMJ Specialist in East Islip

Dr. Scott Simonetti, a TMJ disorder specialist, is here to help diagnose and put an end to your pain and discomfort caused by a TMJ disorder. Visit our website or give us a call at (631) 277-4848 to learn more about our POD® night guard treatment and how we can help you.