The temporomandibular joint connects the jaw bone to the skull at the temporal bone. It controls your jaw and mouth, allowing you to perform everyday functions like chewing and speaking. If you suffer from pain or aches in your jaw, either during movement or after, you might have a temporomandibular disorder or TMD. Elite Dental Arts, located in New York, NY., offers treatment for TMD with Dr. Nick M. Mobilia, D.D.S.
Common symptoms of TMD are pain in the jaw area, ear pain, headaches or neck aches, clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves, jaw getting stuck open, problems eating certain foods, and teeth grinding (bruxism). Teeth grinding is one of the more serious symptoms of TMD. When you grind your teeth, the bottom and top rows scrape against each other. Eventually, this continual movement will wear away the enamel. With the enamel gone, the dentin is exposed. This can cause sensitivity in the teeth and open up the mouth to bacterial infections.
The most common treatment for TMD is for Dr. Mobilia to prescribe you a night guard. A night guard is a clear insertable device that goes in your mouth and over your top teeth. It essentially acts as a barrier between your teeth. This keeps the teeth from grinding together. For short term relief, use over-the-counter pain relievers or hot/cold compresses. In cases of severe TMD, surgery may be needed. There are a few tips and tricks to preventing TMD. Avoid chewing gum or on other objects like pens. Cut back on caffeine and alcohol. When eating, try to chew your food evenly on both sides of the mouth.
If you are experiencing symptoms of TMD, contact Elite Dental Arts today. Dr. Nick M. Mobilia, D.D.S., is available for appointments by visiting our website or calling 212-681-0939.