New York City TMJ Treatment - Carlos M. Valdes, DMD & James Doundoulakis, DMD - Manhattan TMJ Dentists
What is TMJ?
Experiencing headaches, jaw pain, grinding teeth or earaches? This may be associated with Temporo-Mandibular Joint Disorder, more commonly referred to as TMJ. Temporo-Mandibular Joint Disorder is a common condition affecting a wide variety of people. The vast majority of TMJ sufferers are unaware that the root cause of these problems is something that a dentist can effectively treat. New York City TMJ Dentist, Dr. Carlos Valdes specializes in the treatment of TMJ.
The symptoms of TMJ are debilitating and can greatly interfere with every day life. The comfort and general well being of the patient is at the heart of this dental practice, so pain relief is the first consideration. When visiting the Manhattan office of Carlos Valdes, DMD, patients are able to get tested and diagnosed quickly. This allows Dr. Valdes to devise an immediate plan to treat the underlying causes of the TMJ disorder.
Reasons for TMJ treatment
TMJ sufferers report that their symptoms generally worsen during periods of prolonged or unexpected stress, and that intense outbreaks of the condition can lead to neck pain and dizziness.
The most common cause of TMJ is the misalignment of the teeth, often called “bad bite.” It is possible for the dentist to realign or adjust the teeth without the need for painful or expensive surgeries. The realignment/adjustment will stop the pounding headaches, the jaw pain, and the dizziness.
The grinding teeth symptom is particularly common and usually occurs at night. The grinding will eventually erode the structure of the teeth and lead to much more severe dental problems in the future. Untreated TMJ is one of the prime underlying factors in eroded jawbones and loose teeth.
It is important for anyone experiencing the symptoms of TMJ to visit their TMJ dentist for an exact diagnosis.
What does TMJ treatment involve?
TMJ could be a result of several different problems. Bad bite is the most common, but an injury resulting from a blow to the meniscus cartilage is also a possibility. Initially, the TMJ dentist will thoroughly examine the jaw area, the patients bite, take x-rays, and review the patient’s history in order to make an accurate diagnosis and recommend necessary treatment.
Once a firm diagnosis is attained, there are several ways in which relief can be provided. A specially molded bite guard can be created to stop teeth grinding during the night. A bite relationship analysis may be recommended by the dentist. The dentist can also provide advice on relaxation techniques which will lessen the effects of stress. As a last alternative, the dentist is also able to prescribe muscle relaxants.
A better option is to change the shape of the teeth and get rid of the bad bite completely, often called “realignment.” This is especially useful because it alleviates TMJ symptoms and may improve the aesthetic appearance of the teeth as well. Realignment involves adjusting the relationship between how the upper teeth come together with the lower teeth. This may require new restorations and/or adjusting the natural teeth as well. It is not a painful procedure, and it is one that New York TMJ dentists, Dr. Carlos Valdes and Dr. James Doundoulakis have performed with great success numerous times. As with any procedure, Dr. Valdes and Dr. Doundoulakis and their Manhattan dental staff will be happy to answer questions and discuss symptoms, options, and treatments.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of TMJ, contact the office today to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Valdes and Dr. Doundoulakis's office is located in New York City, only a short walk from the Empire State Building in Midtown Manhattan.