If you have chronic pain in your head, face, or neck you may not realize that the pain is originating from a disorder in the temporomandibular joints of your jaw. Often symptoms relating to this disorder can persist or go undiagnosed for years because they imitate symptoms of many other ailments. Because of this, general physicians outside of the dental field may have difficultly pinpointing the underlying issue and often have a hard time seeing the relationship between the pain and your jaw joint.
If you are experiencing jaw soreness, headaches, facial pain or other painful symptoms, please call NYC Smile Design at (212) 574-4660 to learn more about our treatment for TMJ disorders. We proudly serve all of Manhattan, New York City and surrounding areas.
The Temporomandibular Joints
The temporomandibular joints (TMJ), which sit between the lower jaw and the skull on each side of the face, are highly complex joints which are under a lot of pressure all day and night. These joints are responsible for proper movement of the jaw and creating a balanced muscular workload on each side of your face. But when these joints become misaligned or disjointed because of stress, overuse, or trauma, they may cause a myriad of painful symptoms that can negatively affect your life.
Issues with these joints are often referred to as TMJ disorders or temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). At NYC Smile Design, our dentists can provide effective pain relief and jaw comfort with a variety of treatment approaches depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms of your TMJ disorder.
Symptoms of a Potential TMJ Disorder
The discomfort caused by TMJ disorders may radiate from your jaw to your cheeks, neck, shoulders, and back. Pain like that can be distracting and a major hindrance on the quality of your daily life. TMJ disorders may cause a variety of uncomfortable, even painful symptoms, such as:
- Facial pain and/or soreness
- Jaw pain and/or soreness
- Ringing in your ears
- Neck and/or upper shoulder pain
- Sore teeth
- Loose teeth or teeth that feel loose
- Jaw locking when you open and close your mouth
- Numbness in the fingers and/or hands
Experienced neuromuscular dentists Dr. Ramin Tabib and Dr. Elisa Mello understand how intrusive these symptoms can be on your life. With extensive training and experience in their field, they have honed their neuromuscular dentistry skills and treat you with the latest advanced technology and techniques.
TMJ treatment restores a harmonious relationship between your bite and the surrounding muscles, blood vessels and nerves, thereby alleviating problematic symptoms and pain. TMJ treatment may consist of:
BOTOX® Therapy for TMJ
Renowned as a way to restore smoother skin and create more youthful look, BOTOX® Cosmetic can also be used as a neuromuscular dentistry application. If you suffer from a TMJ disorder, BOTOX® Cosmetic injections may help you find relief from chronic jaw and facial pain related to clenching and grinding of the jaw.
Dr. Elisa Mello is passionate about offering you the most effective and beneficial treatments and technologies. Dr. Mello received training to provide BOTOX® Cosmetic therapy for TMJ at the prestigious American Academy of Facial Esthetics where she saw first-hand the tremendous benefit this treatment could have for people suffering with TMJ pain. Other advantages of this treatment include:
- Provides rapid relief from TMJ discomfort
- May relieve chronic headaches caused by clenching and grinding
- Only a quick, single appointment is required to administer the injections
- No hospital stay or surgery
- Return to work and other activities right away
- Lasts 3 to 4 months
- Re-treatment sessions will restore the effect
The first step is to determine if you are a candidate for this type of treatment, which Dr. Mello will conclude in your consultation. Dr. Mello will then gently administer a series of injections into the targeted muscles, in order to bring about a relaxation effect.
BOTOX® Cosmetic reduces the number of fibers in the muscle that is injected, safely and effectively reducing the ability of those muscles to contract, relaxing the affected area. This effect will be isolated to the specific areas of treatment. After the injections, the clenching power of the chewing muscles will be reduced, so your involuntary habit of clenching and grinding will be reduced, thereby treating the pain that comes from the habit.
Manhattan TMJ Specialists
Dr. Tabib and Dr. Mello use their knowledge and experience to give their patients comfort from painful symptoms and use the latest in advanced methods and technologies to do so. They will work with you every step of the way to ensure that they find the right treatment to help you live a happy, healthy life free of pain.
If you think you may be suffering from TMJ/TMD symptoms and are ready to start on the path toward long-term relief, please call the experienced dentists at NYC Smile Design at (212) 574-4660 today to schedule your consultation. We proudly serve those who live in and near Manhattan and New York City, NY.