TMJ

Forest Hills Orthodontic Associates

Emanuel Mizrahi, DDS

Orthodontist located in Forest Hills, NY

Your TMJs (temporomandibular joints) are located on either side of your jaw and are the hinges that allow movement of your lower jawbone. A disorder in these joints can cause pain and discomfort, which requires the intervention of a specialist like Emanuel Mizrahi, DDS. At his practice, Forest Hills Orthodontic Associates, Dr. Mizrahi helps his patients in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, find relief from TMJ-related pain. To learn more, call or use the online scheduler to set up a consultation.

TMJ Q & A

What is a TMJ disorder?

TMJ is a blessedly short way of referring to the temporomandibular joints on either side of your jaw, which act as hinges, allowing your lower jawbone to move for speaking and chewing. Like all joints in your body, your TMJs are made up of several parts that allow your jawbone to operate smoothly, which includes cartilage that cover your bones to promote easy gliding and discs that provide cushioning. When these components develop swelling, inflammation, or irritation, it can lead to moderate to severe pain and headaches.

What are the symptoms of a TMJ disorder?

While the most common symptom of a TMJ disorder is an aching pain at the site of your joints, located right in front of your ears, you may also feel:

  • Widespread facial pain
  • Pain while chewing
  • Locking in the joint

If you’re experiencing any of the above, you should make an appointment with Dr. Mizrahi to find relief.

What causes a TMJ disorder?

The exact cause of a TMJ disorder can be difficult to diagnose as there are a number of factors that could be at play, including:

  • Genetics
  • Arthritis
  • Clenching or grinding of your teeth
  • Injury to your joints

Anything that prevents this tiny joint from functioning smoothly can create problems for you that go beyond pain, even making it difficult for you to chew or speak.

How do you treat TMJ disorders?

If your TMJ disorder is causing you discomfort or pain and placing limitations on your jaw’s ability to function properly, Dr. Mizrahi has several treatment options that can bring you relief, including:

  • Nightguards, if you have a history of teeth grinding or clenching
  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications
  • Prescription medications, such as muscle relaxers
  • Icing or ultrasound therapies
  • Steroid injections

Dr. Mizrahi prefers to start conservatively, only becoming more aggressive if your TMJ disorder persists. In extreme cases, he may recommend surgery to correct any structural defects or remove debris from within your joints.

If you have an achy jaw, your TMJ may be behind the discomfort. Call Forest Hills Orthodontic Associates or request an appointment by filling out the online form to find relief.