Our jawbones, while they are relatively small parts of our bodies, play a large role in our overall well-being. Not only does it open and close our mouths to allow us to breathe, eat, and talk, the TMJ (temporomandibular joints) are also connected to various other musculoskeletal systems in our bodies, including the spine and the skull. The TMJ is far from being a simple joint which is why when it is misaligned or off-balanced it can cause a wide range of uncomfortable symptoms. TMJ symptoms oftentimes seem unrelated to the jaw bone, however, things such as migraine-like headaches and ringing in the ears can be caused by a TMJ problem. Fortunately, Dr. Dunayer is well-versed in TMJ treatment.
If the TMJ is not in its ideal position due to poor occlusion (the way the upper and lower rows of teeth fit together), the body unconsciously tries to reposition it into a more suitable spot. However, this causes all sorts of symptoms such as jaw pain, headaches and tinnitus as previously mentioned, neck pain, bruxism, and other TMJ symptoms. The problem with TMJ Disorder (TMD) is that patients who suffer from it often do not know it because the symptoms often come and go, and patients don’t immediately think to go to the doctor or to a TMJ dentist. Who doesn’t get a headache once in a while? Many of us wake up with neck pain that we can attribute to sleeping in the wrong position. The problem arises when these symptoms become continuous, and only then do many people opt for a trip to a TMJ dentist such as Dr. Dunayer.
TMJ Treatment Options
Patients who come to Dr. Dunayer and are positively diagnosed with TMJ disorder, will of course require treatment to help realign the TMJ which will then eliminate symptoms of the disorder. There are several different TMJ treatment options to choose from, so Dr. Dunayer sits down with each patient to customize a treatment plan that will be most effective.
Some of the most commonly used TMJ treatment options include:
- Bite splint
- Full mouth reconstruction
- Combination of treatments
Before TMJ treatment begins you will need to meet with Dr. Dunayer for a thorough examination of your bite to see what exactly is wrong with it and where your ideal bite is. This will determine the type of treatment you require.
We Can Give You The TMJ Treatment You Need!
If you suffer from TMJ, it’s important that you are able to undergo the necessary treatment that you require, especially if you’re looking to put an end to your TMJ-related headaches, jaw pain, tinnitus, and other symptoms that cause you discomfort. Here at Dr. Dunayer’s office we will work with you to schedule an appointment time so that you can discuss possible TMJ treatment options. Call our West Nyack dental office at (845) 627-7645 or email us to set up a time that allows you to learn about TMJ and talk about your condition with Dr. Dunayer.