Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is a painful, progressive condition that can make simple acts like eating feel challenging. If you’re struggling with TMJ pain, YooKyung Park, DDS, and herteam can help at Park Dental NYC in Midtown East, Manhattan, New York. The practice offers effective TMJ treatment options to relieve pain and restore healthy jaw function. Call or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
TMJ treatment manages the pain, discomfort, and functional problems that temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders cause. The temporomandibular joint connects your jaw to your skull, allowing you to open and close your mouth. With one on each side of your jaw, these joints act as hinges held in place by muscles, tendons, and other tissues.
When the temporomandibular joints shift out of place, become damaged, or the tissues supporting them strain, a TMJ disorder can develop. These painful disorders make it difficult to open and close your mouth comfortably. TMJ treatments aim to relieve pain and restore jaw function.
TMJ is not a one-size-fits-all disorder. Some people experience severe, constant symptoms, while others notice their problems worsening over time. Signs that you may benefit from TMJ treatment include:
TMJ usually doesn’t resolve without treatment. Early intervention is essential to preserve joint health and relieve chronic jaw pain.
Dr. Park and her team may recommend several TMJ treatments to relieve pain and restore healthy function, including:
Simple lifestyle changes like eating soft foods, avoiding extreme jaw movements, and practicing relaxation techniques can alleviate mild TMJ symptoms.
Dr. Ng-A-Fook can create custom-made oral splints or mouthguards to help with TMJ-related issues by stabilizing the jaw and reducing pressure on the joint.
Physical therapy exercises can help improve jaw mobility, strengthen muscles, and reduce pain associated with TMJ disorders.
Pain relievers, muscle relaxants, or anti-inflammatory medications may help manage TMJ pain and inflammation.
For severe cases, surgical options like arthrocentesis (joint lavage), arthroscopy (minimally invasive surgery), or open joint surgery can address structural issues in the TMJ.
Call Park Dental NYC today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about TMJ treatment.