Drs. Richard and Bruce Corbin of Corbin Dental offer comprehensive treatment options for patients that suffer from TMJ issues. The temporomandibular joint, commonly referred to as TMJ, is a joint that is located on both sides of the face, connecting the lower jaw to the upper jaw. These vital joints are responsible for allowing our mouths to open and close.
Corbin Dental is located in Bayside, NY and is currently accepting new patients especially those who suffer or think they may TMJ problems. Contact our friendly dentist office to schedule a TMJ consultation and learn about the treatments we offer to help you find relief form your TMJ pain.
What is a TMJ Disorder?
A TMJ disorder is the term used to describe a wide variety of issues that affect these joints, muscles in the face, neck and surrounding nerves. A TMJ disorder may cause a patient to suffer from frequent headaches, facial pain, worn down teeth, and jaw pain. Often the result of an imbalance in the bite, TMJ can result in painful symptoms and compromise overall oral health. Additional common signs and symptoms of a TMJ disorder include:
- Frequent headaches or migraine headaches
- Shoulder, neck, facial, or jaw pain
- Clicking or popping when opening or closing jaw
- Locked jaw or limited mobility in the jaw joint
- Teeth clenching, teeth grinding, often accompanied by worn, chipped or broken teeth
- Pain around the ears or earaches
- Teeth grinding
Thanks to advances in dental technology, TMJ disorders are more easily diagnosed and treated than ever before. If you think you may be suffering from this painful condition, it is important to seek treatment. TMJ disorders can lead to more serious oral health problems. Early intervention is also vital to stop the continuation of the damage it can cause.
Drs. Richard and Bruce Corbin will create a treatment plan that is personalized to each patient and their needs. They will attempt to identify the underlying cause of the disorder and devise a plan to improve your symptoms. They will also fix any damage that your TMJ disorder has caused. They may offer one or more of the following treatments:
Mouthguard or splint therapy: Sometimes referred to as a nightguard, a mouthguard for TMJ will help reposition the jaw into a more natural position. When worn at night, it will help prevent teeth grinding and jaw clenching.
Restorative dentistry: We often see cracked, chipped or worn down teeth with patients who suffer from TMJ disorders because of the teeth grinding. To correct this tooth damage, your Bayside, NY dentist may recommend tooth bonding, dental crowns or dental veneers. These restorative dentistry treatments will restore your oral health and help your teeth make proper contact.
Orthodontics: If the positioning of your teeth is imbalanced then one of our dentists may recommend orthodontics to straighten your teeth and move the bite into alignment. We offer Invisalign, a popular and discreet clear aligner treatment often used to treat malocclusion.
Relaxation of the muscles: In addition to any dental treatment, our dentists recommend ways to help relax. Muscle relaxation will help decrease tension in the jaw.