TMJ: You Don’t Have to Grin and Bear it

Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder, or TMJ, is one of the most common oral health issues in America. In fact, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that more than 10 million Americans suffer from this condition. 

Arthritis and injury are perhaps the most common causes of TMJ, but it can also result from a combination of these and/or other factors:

  • Arthritis
  • Jaw injury
  • Chronic bruxism (grinding or clenching of teeth)
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Certain connective tissue diseases

Many people go through their entire life grinding or clenching teeth, for example, and never suffer from TMJ. Others may have a genetic predisposition with no other complicating factors, yet still deal with this painful problem. TMJ simply isn’t a straight cause = effect condition.

“Do I Have TMJ?”

Not all jaw pain or discomfort is TMJ. To confirm or refute this diagnosis, make an appointment with our NYC oral and maxillofacial surgery office so we can review your particular case. Common symptoms of TMJ include:

  • Pain or soreness in one or both jaw joints
  • Pain or soreness around your ears
  • Other facial aches and pains
  • Difficult or painful chewing
  • Locking of your jaw joint
  • Difficulty opening or closing your mouth

If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it’s worthwhile to come in and consult with us. 

TMJ Treatment Options

The symptoms of TMJ can be very painful and uncomfortable, but you don’t just have to suffer with them. Dr. Mahjoubi is a TMJ specialist. It is absolutely possible to end your discomfort. She may discuss a variety of treatment options with you, such as medication, physical therapy, or surgery.

Whatever treatment options you choose, you are in great hands with Dr. M and her team. Stop suffering through the pain and visit our office today to start on the path to recovery.

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