Temporomandibular joint disorder — often referred to as “TMD”, “TMJ Disorder”, or just “TMJ” for short — is a painful condition that limits the movement of the joints on either side of your jaw.

TMJ Disorder Symptoms

People with TMJ disorder in Ithaca, NY often complain of symptoms like:

  • Headaches or migraines
  • Limited range of motion in their jaw
  • Popping and clicking noises
  • Pain when chewing or biting into food
  • Worn or chipped teeth
  • Bruxism (clenching and grinding)
  • Stressful lifestyles or work environments

Types of Treatment
for TMJ Disorder

Depending on the factors contributing to TMD, the treatment strategies can differ from person to person. At Edward J. Ambis Center for Dental Medicine in Ithaca, New York, we complete a thorough exam and take a full-mouth X-ray to evaluate the anatomy surrounding your TMJ.

After an in-depth interview and assessment, we’ll likely recommend one or a combination of the following types of treatments:

A Bite Splint or Night Guard — Habits like grinding or clenching your teeth lead to constant muscle strain in your TMJ, face, and other muscles of your head.

Cosmetic Injectables — Products like Botox are natural muscle relaxants. They ease TMJ tension for up to six months per application.

Orthodontic Treatment — Misaligned teeth and jaws cause your mouth to move atypically when it’s time to chew or bite. Over time, all of these irregular movements lead to strain within your TMJ.

Bite Adjustment — “High” or uneven teeth can create heavier biting points, leading to irritation within the TMJ over time.

Restoring Missing or Worn Teeth — Broken or missing teeth can cause you to chew on one side of your mouth, leading to an imbalance in your joints.

Schedule Your TMJ Exam in Ithaca Today

You don’t have to keep living with headaches or being unable to eat the foods you love. Call Edward J. Ambis Center for Dental Medicine today in Ithaca to request a TMJ exam with Dr. Ambis. Our attentive team is here to help!

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