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TMJ Treatment / Teeth Grinding

Don’t Let TMJ Get the Best of You

Does your jaw ache? Does your mouth hurt when you move your jaw, or are you suffering from excessive teeth grinding? You may be developing a disorder called TMJ. Smile Design Dental wants to relieve your pain and help you before your disorder gets worse with TMJ treatment. Call Dr. Petrosino, top-notch Newburgh, NY dentist today to set up your consultation.


What is TMJ?

TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint. This is the joint that attaches your jawbone to the rest of your skull, and it has a great deal to do with how your mouth functions on a daily basis. You use your mouth for so many things every day and probably pay little to no attention to how it feels. That is, until it stops feeling fine. When you develop a chronic issue with the function of your TMJ, it is referred to as a TMJ disorder (TMD), or simply TMJ. A problem with this joint can cause you a great deal of pain, mainly because of how far the pain from TMJ can reach. The muscles that control this joint extend all the way up the side of your face into your temple region. That is why when you move your jaw, you see movement in your temple.

What are the symptoms of TMJ?

Symptoms of a TMJ injury or disorder can range from mild to severe. Mild symptoms include aching or mild pain within the joint, clicking when you move your jaw, or swelling in the area of the injury. More severe symptoms include pain when moving your jaw, locking of your jaw in the open or closed positions, and migraines and headaches. Dental professional are not quite sure what causes TMJ, but we are certain about what contributes to the development of the disorder. Grinding your teeth, or bruxism, is one contributing factor because of the massive amount of additional strain this puts on the joint. However, a TMJ treatment can be done to cure this injury or disorder.

How else can you help my TMJ?

We also offer FDA-approved facial treatments for some painful conditions that may be linked TMJ disorder.  Although normally considered a cosmetic service, this type of TMJ treatment relaxes the muscles. This can relieve pain and also eliminate wrinkles in your face.

What can be done to help my bruxism?

Dr. Petrosino of Smile Design Dental in Newburgh, NY can help stop your teeth grinding by crafting a custom-made oral appliance, or mouthguard, for you to wear at night. This will help you in two main ways. The first is that the mouthguard will protect your teeth from chipping, cracking, or breaking due to excessive teeth grinding. The second way it will help is by spreading the biting forces of grinding across your dental arch. This will lessen the force being applied to the TMJ and potentially save you from developing a painful joint disorder that will require other treatments to fix.

You can entrust your dental issues with Dr. Petrosino. She has been serving dental patients for more than 22 years after graduating from the Temple University School of Dentistry in 1994. Over the years, she pursued continuing education by taking several dentistry courses to advance her knowledge.

Call Smile Design Dental office in Newburgh, NY at 845-670-5423 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Petrosino or schedule an appointment online.