Do you suffer from unexplained headaches or facial pain? Do you clench or grind your teeth when stressed? TMJ dysfunction can severely impact your quality of life and your oral health. Fortunately, patients with TMJ disorder have non-invasive treatment options. Our talented general and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Richard Kobak offers comfortable TMJ treatments.
Information about TMJ Disorder
You have two temporomandibular joints located on each side of your lower jaw below your ears. The TMJ holds the lower jaw to the temporal bone. Responsible for opening and closing the mouth, these joints move transitionally and rotationally. Facial muscles and connective tissues that surround each TMJ assist with chewing and speaking. TMJ disorder occurs when excessive stress is placed on these joints and the surrounding tissues from bruxism (teeth grinding) or malocclusions (misaligned bite).
TMJ Disorder Symptoms
- Headaches – including migraines
- Facial pain
- Tooth wear
- Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
- Popping or clicking sounds during speaking or eating
- Neck pain
- Facial swelling
Causes of TMJ Dysfunction
- Stress and anxiety
- Teeth grinding
- Misaligned bites
- TMJ disk dislocation
TMJ Treatment at Syosset Dental
Experienced with treating TMJ disorders, Dr. Kobak and our staff at Syosset Dental strive to improve our patients’ quality of life. We offer comfortable, non-invasive treatments with oral appliances that relieve stress on the TMJ. Oral appliances such as the NTI are worn during sleep to prevent patients from grinding and clenching their teeth. If your TMJ disorder is caused by a misaligned bite from tooth wear, Dr. Kobak may restore tooth size with crowns and other restorations to build up your bite.
Don’t suffer with TMJ disorder. Contact our Syosset dentist office at (516) 433-2211 to schedule an appointment with our compassionate team. We serve patients from Suffolk, Nassau, Long Island, and the neighboring New York City communities.