Woman with TMJ pain

TMJ

Do you have difficulty chewing, problems opening and closing your mouth, or radiating pain in your jaw and neck?

You could be suffering from temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD).

Our dentist, Joseph Mormino, can offer effective treatment of TMJ disorders in his Staten Island, NY, office.

TMJ, TMD, and TMJ Disorder What's the Difference?

Technically, TMJ refers to the actual temporomandibular joints, the two joints on both sides of your head that connect your skull to your jaw bone and allow you to move your mouth. While TMD and TMJ disorder refers to any complication that affects your TMJ and causes intense, radiating pain. 

However, many patients use TMJ as a blanket term to mean TMD. Because of this, many dentists are accustomed to the three acronyms being interchangeable. If you use any of them in our office, we will understand what you mean.

What Is TMJ Disorder? Any condition affecting your TMJ

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TMD is any condition that affects the function of your TMJ and causes pain when doing normal activities that activate that joint such as speaking, chewing, and opening your mouth. If left untreated, TMJ disorder can lead to severe oral and even physical health issues.

The Causes Of TMJ Disorder

Bruxism

Years of bruxism (teeth grinding) or jaw clenching can wear down your teeth and put added stress on your temporomandibular joint, and if left untreated, can lead to TMD. 

Misaligned Bite

Missing teeth or teeth out of dental alignment can cause a misaligned bite. This causes the force of your bite to be unevenly distributed which affects the natural movement of your temporomandibular joint, leading to TMD.

Injury

Some TMJ disorders are caused by an injury to the face that caused trauma to your temporomandibular joint. The risk of developing TMD is even greater if the injury affected the function of your TMJ. 

Arthritis

If you suffer from arthritis, you are at greater risk of developing TMD. The swelling of your temporomandibular joint can affect the function of your jaw and lead to TMD.

See Why Staten Island Chooses Us For Their Dental Care Needs

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Joan Esposito

2021

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I've always been extremely terrified of the dentist, until I met Dr. Mormino. He is very patient, kind, caring and understanding. He made me feel so comfortable from my first visit. Stephanie, his receptionist is absolutely amazing, since I called to make an appointment, scheduling with her she put my mind at ease. The office is clean and sanitized. Everyone is extremely nice and professional. I highly recommend Dr. Mormino and his staff.

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Jane Cenatiempo

2021

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Before going to Dr. Mormino, I had always feared going to the dentist. My anxiety would kick in the day before any appointment. Since meeting Dr. Mormino and his staff, I no longer have fear going to the dentist. I appreciate the way he and his staff treat their patients. They always make sure you’re comfortable and not in pain. They take anxiety and fear about having a procedure done seriously and always treat their patients with the utmost respect. Thank you Dr. Mormino and staff!!

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Call Our Staten Island Office Today If You Think You Might Have TMJ Disorder

If you are living with facial pain but unsure of the cause, seeing our dentist Dr. Mormino is the best first step you can take to receive effective treatment. We have a total commitment to providing comprehensive, state-of-the-art dental treatment for all of our patients in a warm, comfortable environment. We take pride in knowing that our new patients routinely comment that their initial examinations are by far the most thorough they have ever received. Give our Staten Island, NY, office a call today and receive effective TMJ treatment from a friendly and knowledgeable staff.

718-876-9100

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The Diagnosis Of TMD

Often patients suffering from facial pain don't know the root cause is TMD

Scheduling an appointment at our Staten Island office is the first step in diagnosing your TMJ disorder.

Often patients suffering from facial pain don't know the root cause is TMD

Consultation

At the beginning of your appointment, Dr. Mormino will review your symptoms with you.

General Examination

Dr. Mormino will carefully examine your teeth and jaw to look for signs of erosion or occlusion (how your bite aligns).

X-Rays

After the general examination, further x-rays or tests may be required to ensure a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

If Dr. Mormino determines TMJ disorder is the cause of your pain, he will recommend a course of treatment that will best suit your needs. Many patients benefit from a custom-made oral splint.

Treatment Of TMJ Disorder

If Dr. Mormino determines the cause of your TMD to be a result of bruxism or jaw clenching, he will recommend a custom-made oral splint. He will start by taking impressions of your teeth so the oral splint created will fit snugly and comfortably over your teeth. An oral splint works by preventing your teeth from touching while you sleep as most are worn at night, however, it might be recommended that you wear your splint throughout the day if it is a more severe form of TMD. This oral splint can significantly reduce the stress placed on your jaw as a result of repeated grinding or clenching of your teeth.

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Benefits Of a Custom-Made Oral Splint

There are over-the-counter options available, but they can be extremely uncomfortable and ineffective. Here are a few reasons why we love our custom-made oral splints for your TMJ treatment.

Comfort

Our prescription oral appliances are specifically designed to fit your teeth offering a level of comfort that cannot be obtained through over-the-counter alternatives.

Snug

Because they are custom-fitted, our oral appliances are not bulky or loose like many other options.

Rapid Results

Most patients begin to experience improvements in their TMJ disorder symptoms within just a few days.

Less Pain

You should begin to notice less pain and soreness in the jaw, teeth, and surrounding areas. Your headaches and earaches should subside as well.

"I Highly Recommend You Give This Caring Office a Try!"

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Sheri Hackett

2021

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I was recommended to Dr Mormino.  My first visit was exceptional.  The entire staff is pleasant, patient and knowledgeable.  Dr Mormino explained my procedure and left me with no questions.  I highly recommend you give this caring office a try!!

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Frank CAPUTO

2021

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I would recommend Dr. Mormino to anyone. Dr. Mormino wants you to look good and feel confident when all is done. He puts you at ease.. He walked me through every step. The staff is great. They make you feel comfortable. Please give Dr. Mormino a try.

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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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