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 Oyster, NY, and is currently accepting new patients, especially those who suffer or think they may have TMJ problems. Contact our friendly dentist office to schedule a TMJ consultation and learn about the treatments we offer to help you find relief from your TMJ pain.
What is a TMJ Disorder?
Temporomandibular joint disorders is a term that describes a wide variety of issues. It affects 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
- Sore jaw in the morning
What Causes TMJ Disorders?
There are many different factors and things that can cause TMJ disorders. Most commonly, it’s usually caused by an imbalanced bite. This impacts the way the upper or lower jaw joint moves and how the bite comes together. Teeth clenching and grinding are common as well. The more you’re doing these motions, the more impact they’re going to have on the function of your jaw joint. It can wear down a small disk in the joint that absorbs shock and helps to keep the jaw motions smooth.
Trauma and injury can cause problems as well. If the joint is damaged, it’s not going to keep functioning the way it’s supposed to. There are many other factors that may contribute to and exacerbate this condition. Stress is one of the most common things that can cause TMJ flare-ups and issues. Other psychological and genetic factors can inflame TMJ disorders too.
TMJ Treatment in Corbin Dental at Oyster Bay
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.
Dr. Richard Corbin and Dr. 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. Our Oyster Bay dentist office offers one or more of the following treatments:
Mouthguard or splint therapy: Sometimes referred to as a night guard, a mouthguard for TMJ will help reposition the jaw into a more natural position. When worn at night, it will help prevent teeth grinding, jaw clenching, and protect your teeth.
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 Oyster Bay, 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 and reduce stress. Muscle relaxation will help decrease tension in the jaw.
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Corbin Dental in Bayside and Oyster Bay are a family owned and operated Bayside and Oyster Bay dentist offices for patients of all ages. Our team is committed to improving smiles through patient-focused comprehensive dentistry.