New York’s Finest TMJ Therapy
Suffering from frequent headaches, migraines, jaw muscle pain, facial soreness, and earaches isn’t normal. But these conditions are treatable. Such symptoms can often point to Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD) and sleep-disordered breathing.
At Advanced Dental Arts, Dr. Jeff Danner specializes in diagnosing and successfully treating TMJ disorders and sleep-disordered breathing. In fact, he sees patients from all over the world. Don’t endure oral discomfort or another restless night of sleep. Give us a call and experience TMJ pain relief.
What is TMJ Disorder (TMJD)?
Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are located on either side of your jaw and include a series of muscles, ligaments, discs, and bones that allow the teeth to come together. Together, they work to help you move your jaw when chewing, swallowing or speaking.
TMJ, jaw joint problems or temporomandibular disorder refer to pain associated with a misaligned bite or how your top and bottom teeth meet. A misaligned bite leads to muscles that get overworked when they should be relaxed, resulting in TMJ inflammation. This causes your teeth to possibly meet differently, leading to additional signs and symptoms of TMJ:
- Head pain
- Jaw pain or popping
- Face pain
- Difficulty chewing
- Pressure behind the eyes
- Ringing in the ears
- Ear congestion
- Teeth grinding
- Injury to the head or jaw
- Sleep-disordered breathing
One or more symptoms can be painful, debilitating, and frustrating. It can also lead to excessive use of pain medication.
If you experience difficulty with jaw movement, pain or hear a popping or clicking noise when moving your mouth, be sure to let us know. You may have TMJ disorder or “TMD”. And TMJ Therapy in NYC could be your fastest solution to relief.
At our practice, Dr. Danner can examine your mouth and jaw to see how your teeth close together. He may also recommend additional diagnostic tests to better evaluate your problem. If you have TMD, help and relief are available. So, you don’t need to suffer any longer.
Treating TMJ Symptoms in NYC
You may find that your TMJ issues flare up from time to time, especially during periods of stress. To treat your discomfort, Dr. Danner will work with you to design a treatment plan that meets your unique needs.
This might include relaxing the facial muscles with specialized instrumentation to determine the correct placement of the upper and lower and jaw in relation to each other. A custom oral appliance will be fabricated using computer generated design to ensure the ideal position for muscle comfort and decreased inflammation of the TMJ.
Sleep Apnea Problems – Improve Your Sleep
Is your sleep making you tired? Do you snore? Have you been told that you gasp for air or stop breathing totally while you sleep? This dangerous situation can shorten your life by 7 years and needs evaluation to determine the cause and a plan for treatment.
Often times, sleep-disordered breathing can be a contributing factor in the face, head, and neck muscle inflammation, and TM joint inflammation and pain. With this in mind, a home sleep study is used as an evaluation for related sleep disordered breathing and clenching/grinding of the teeth due to muscle activity while the body should be at rest. Muscle activity of the face, head, and neck could be related to the body trying to open the airway where the tongue and roof of the mouth meet.
This closing of the airway (or sleep apnea) can cause one to not only have TMJ disorder but worsen additional conditions such as diabetes, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, irregular heartbeat, fatigue, and weight gain.
One or more of these signs or symptoms could be the result of sleep disordered breathing or exacerbated by sleep disordered breathing. Therefore it is wise for an airway evaluation by Dr. Danner which includes a home sleep study reviewed by a board certified sleep specialist for your diagnosis.
Ideal treatment consists of a nocturnal intraoral mandibular repositioning appliance to hold the jaw slightly forward to maintain the airway. This custom appliance is created from intraoral scans of your mouth to have a proper fitting solution at a specific point to maintain the airway, followed by a second home sleep study to verify accuracy and adjustments if needed.
Whether it’s TMJ pain or snoring that’s keeping you up at night, Dr. Danner can help. Not only does he specialize in TMJ disorder, but he also helps people manage problems caused by obstructive sleep apnea. Ask how a customized sleep appliance from Advanced Dental Arts, can help you get a better night’s rest.