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Concierge Dental Design

Dentists located in Financial District, New York, NY

Are you experiencing daily jaw pain and discomfort, making it difficult to speak and chew? If so, you may be suffering from a TMJ disorder. Dr. Youngmo Kang and the skilled staff at Concierge Dental Design in the Financial District of New York City, provide comprehensive dental care treatments for a variety of TMJ disorders. Don’t delay -- call or schedule an appointment online today.


What is TMJ?

TMJ is an abbreviation for the temporomandibular joint. The TMJ is located at the base of your skull and connects the lower jaw to the bottom of your skull. There is one TMJ on each side of your jaw. The TMJ acts like a sliding hinge that allows you to open and close your mouth, as well as move your lower jaw down and forward.

Your TMJ can become damaged, causing a number of uncomfortable disorders that can leave you in pain and with a limited range of motion.

What causes TMJ disorders?

The causes of TMJ disorders can sometimes be difficult to determine. It's likely that several different factors cause the pain you're experiencing from a TMJ disorder. Some of these factors include:

  • Genetics
  • Arthritis
  • Teeth and jaw injuries
  • Teeth grinding
  • Poor posture
  • Misalignment of your teeth and jaw
  • Stress
  • Gum chewing

What are the symptoms of TMJ disorders?

There are a number of symptoms associated with TMJ disorders, including:

  • Pain and tenderness in your jaw
  • Pain in and around your ear or ears
  • Facial pain
  • Clicking and popping in your jaw
  • Difficult or painful chewing
  • Locking of your jaw joint
  • Headaches

It’s common to experience a clicking sound when opening, closing, or grinding your mouth. If there’s no pain associated with these movements, you most likely don’t need treatment for a TMJ disorder.

How are TMJ disorders treated?

Symptoms associated with TMJ disorders are often temporary and can be treated with self-managed care or nonsurgical procedures.

Dr. Kang will perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine the type of treatment that you require for the best outcome. Typical treatments for TMJ disorders include:

  • Pain relievers and muscle relaxants
  • Oral splints or mouth guards
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgical procedures such as TMJ arthroscopy, modified condylotomy, and open-joint surgery
  • Relaxation techniques

In some instances, and if your symptoms persist, Dr. Kang may recommend a combination of multiple treatment options for your TMJ disorder.

If you're experiencing jaw pain and other symptoms associated with TMJ disorders, it's essential that you see a medical professional. Call or book an appointment online today with Dr. Kang at Concierge Dental Design.