Dr. Joseph T. Mormino offers TMJ treatment at our Staten Island, NY, office. He can prescribe custom oral appliances that correct occlusal issues causing inflammation and other symptoms related to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. The temporomandibular joints are located in front of the ears and connect the lower jaw with the skull. Stress and pressure on this joint from conditions such as bruxism (teeth grinding) and malocclusion can cause serious pain. TMJ disorder is complex, and in many cases, symptoms stem from an imbalance between the upper and lower jaws. To learn more about how Dr. Mormino treats TMJ disorder, contact our office today.
What are the Symptoms of TMJ disorder?
If you are suffering from TMJ disorder, you are probably experiencing some pain in the jaw. You may notice this pain is worse when you try to speak or chew. Your jaw may also pop or lock when speaking or eating. In addition to jaw pain, many patients suffering from TMJ disorder also experience frequent earaches, headaches, and neck and shoulder pain. In many instances, sufferers may not associate the symptoms they experience with jaw issues. However, we encourage you to talk about these symptoms during your next checkup - Dr. Mormino may be able to provide insight regarding the cause.
How is TMJ Disorder Diagnosed and Treated?
To diagnose TMJ disorder, Dr. Mormino must perform a thorough examination. After reviewing your symptoms, he will carefully examine your teeth and jaw. Your teeth may show signs of erosion resulting from bruxism. He will also check your occlusion to ensure your upper and lower jaw are meeting properly. He can also take x-rays and run other tests to ensure a proper diagnosis.
In addition to jaw pain, many patients suffering from TMJ disorder also experience frequent ear aches, headaches, and neck and shoulder pain.
If he determines TMJ disorder is the cause of your pain, Dr. Mormino can recommend a course of treatment. Many patients benefit from a custom-made oral appliance. After taking impressions of your teeth, we can create an oral appliance that will snugly and comfortably fit over your teeth. This appliance works by preventing your teeth from touching while you sleep. It can also significantly reduce the stress placed on your jaw as a result of grinding or clenching.
Most oral appliances are worn at night. In some cases, however, Dr. Mormino may recommend wearing your oral appliance throughout the day.