From our Family to Yours, we hope and pray that everyone in your life is healthy and feeling well. We are pleased to announce the Full Re-Opening of our practice! As we begin to return to our normal lives, our practice is now open for all dental procedures, not just emergent ones. Throughout this crisis, we have remained open to care for all emergency patients and we look forward to resuming all aspects of dental care. Lack of oral health has been directly linked to more serious health issues and cannot be overlooked. It is important to resume dental cleanings and to address any dental issues that have been put off during this crisis. Our staff is fully prepared to continue to protect our Patients from not only Covid-19 but from all viral exposure as the Infection Control and Anti-viral protocols that we have practiced for 30 years far exceed industry standards. To all our patients that had appointments cancelled due to this health crisis, we will be contacting you to reschedule those appointments. As always you can reach us at 718-876-9100 to schedule an appointment on your own or with any questions you may have. As always, our office and lab continue to welcome all new patients and emergencies if your current dental office is not available We look forward to seeing each of you again soon! All the best, Dr. Mormino, Lauren, Lisa, Anne Marie, Mary, Gladys, Annie & MaryEllen

Understanding TMJ Disorder Symptoms and Causes By drmori on November 27, 2016

TMJ Disorder and SymptomsThe temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located just in front of the ears. It connects your lower jaw to the upper jaw, and allows for up and down and side to side movement. When patients begin experiencing chronic pain in the jaw area, it is referred to as TMJ disorder, or TMD.

Here, we have outlined a comprehensive list of TMJ disorder symptoms and causes. At our Staten Island, NY, practice, Dr. Joseph T. Mormino offers a variety of different TMD treatment methods. He will work to find and treat the root cause of your TMD, as well as alleviate your symptoms.

TMJ Disorder Symptoms

One of the first symptoms of TMJ disorder is pain in the jaw. You may feel pain when you open or close your mouth. You may also experiencing a popping or locking sensation, which makes it difficult and uncomfortable to open and close your mouth. In addition, you may also experience:

  • Chronic headaches or migraines
  • Earaches or a ringing sensation in the ears (known as tinnitus)
  • Generalized pain in the neck and shoulders
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Damage to your teeth, ranging from enamel erosion to cracks and fractures

These symptoms are not only painful and frustrating. They can also interfere with your sleep and your daily tasks, including your ability to work and drive. While it is best to seek treatment before the pain becomes too severe to perform daily functions, if you find yourself in serious pain, please contact our office to schedule an appointment. Dr. Mormino will conduct a thorough examination to determine the cause of your TMJ pain.

TMJ Disorder Causes

Unfortunately, pinpointing the cause of your TMD is not cut and dry. In some cases, there is no clear cause. There are several conditions, however, that can contribute to TMD and the painful symptoms associated with the disorder. These conditions include:

  • Bruxism, or teeth grinding, as well as teeth and jaw clenching
  • Dislocated TMJ
  • Bite misalignment
  • Arthritis
  • Worn cartilage in the TMJ
  • Hormones
  • Trauma from an injury
  • Heredity

A lot of TMJ pain is stress-related. Conditions such as bruxism and clenching teeth are often worse when we are under a lot of stress.

Diagnosing and Treating TMD

Dr. Mormino will physically examine your teeth, jaw, face, and neck for signs of TMD. He will also take x-rays of your jaw. He may ask questions about your symptoms, as well as your lifestyle to determine if your pain is stress-related. Treatment will depend on the cause of your TMD, if Dr. Mormino can detect a cause.

If bruxism or clenching is the culprit, Dr. Mormino may recommend an oral appliance such as a night guard. This will not only relieve pressure on your jaw, but it will also protect your teeth from damage. If misalignment is to blame, he may recommend orthodontic treatment. He may also recommend stress-relief techniques in addition to other treatments so you can make a full recovery.

Relieve Your TMD Pain Today

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms of TMD, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

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Dr. Joseph T. Mormino, DDS

Dr. Mormino is a member of several prestigious organizations:

  • American Dental Association
  • Second District Dental Association
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologist 
  • Academy of General Dentistry 

To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (718) 876-9100 today!

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