TMJ Treatment

Cosmetic Dentists & General Dentists in Whitestone, NY

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TMJ Treatment services offered in Whitestone, NY

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a serious joint condition that can cause painful or disruptive symptoms. Relief is available through professional TMJ treatment options, like the services available at Vida Dental in Whitestone, New York, by expert dentist Maria-Teresa Ioannou, DDS. Booking a visit is as easy as a phone call or a few moments on the online scheduling page.  

What is TMJ?

TMJ is a condition in which the joints that connect your jaw to your skull become inflamed or damaged. Also known as TMD, this problem is common, and many people live with the symptoms for years before they seek treatment. 

Many different things can cause TMJ. Some of the factors that can cause or contribute to the condition include:

  • Bruxism (nighttime teeth grinding)
  • Arthritis
  • Anatomical differences
  • Traumatic injury
  • Genetic predisposition


Even simply resting your chin in your jaw or clenching your phone between your cheek and shoulder can create issues with TMJ. 

How do I know if I need TMJ treatment?

Knowing the signs of TMJ can help you decide when to reach out for treatment. Some of the indications that your temporomandibular joint is not functioning properly include the following:

  • Jaw pain
  • Grinding or popping sounds when opening your mouth wide
  • Pain near your ears
  • Aching facial pain
  • Locking of your jaw
  • Facial swelling


If you experience these issues, come in for a diagnostic exam as soon as possible. Treatment is usually easier in the early stages than in cases of advanced TMJ.

What kinds of TMJ treatment are available from a dental professional?

Wearing a custom-fitted night guard or splint are great treatment options for temporomandibular joint disorder. These devices are crafted to fit your unique mouth contouring and are comfortable to wear. 

You simply place your night guard over the surface of your teeth at bedtime, then remove it in the morning. The guard holds your jaw in a position that relieves pressure on the affected joint(s). 

It takes a couple of weeks to get used to wearing a night guard. Be patient, and before long, wearing your night guard will be just another part of your nighttime routine. 

During your consultation, Dr. Ioannou examines your jaw and determines if you’re a good candidate for a night guard. In some cases, medication can also help address the discomfort of TMJ, and in certain circumstances, surgical intervention is the right approach. 

When you’re ready to get answers, schedule a visit at Vida Dental online or over the phone.