TMJ Treatment

Headaches, jaw pain, difficulty chewing and teeth grinding are just a few of the many signs and symptoms of a TMJ disorder. A highly trained TMJ dentist with many hours of post-graduate education, Dr. Scott Schwartz can provide diagnosis and treatment for TMJ disorders and related dental concerns.

Dr. Schwartz can help restore your dental health and alleviate painful symptoms using advanced technology and techniques to evaluate and realign your bite. This treatment aims to find the main cause of your bite disorder and not just to talk about symptoms. This is an important difference in our approach and is the key to ensuring you get a lasting, comfortable bite.

What Is TMJ?

TMJ means temporomandibular joint, which is the hinge attached to the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull’s temporal bone, found in front of each ear. It allows for the complex movements necessary for chewing, speaking, and yawning. TMJ disorders encompass a variety of conditions that can cause jaw joint pain and muscles controlling jaw movement.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

In some cases, you might not even know that you already have TMJ disorder symptoms. Knowing these symptoms can help determine if it’s time to visit Dr. Schwartz. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Persistent jaw pain or tenderness
  • Aching pain around or in the ear
  • Difficulty or discomfort while chewing
  • Facial pain
  • Popping, clicking or grating sounds in the jaw joint area when moving the mouth
  • Jaw locking that makes it difficult to open or close the mouth
  • Headaches, often mimicking migraines
  • Pain in the neck and shoulders
  • Toothaches or sensitivity without an obvious dental cause
  • Dizziness or vertigo (in some cases)

What to Expect During a TMJ Treatment

TMJ treatment varies depending on the severity and the patient’s specific needs. However, for beginners undergoing this treatment option, here are general things you can expect:

  • Comprehensive Examination. The initial phase of TMJ treatment involves thoroughly examining your jaw and bite, including X-rays, to assess the extent of the disorder.
  • Treatment Plan Discussion. Our TMJ specialist, Dr. Schwartz, will talk to you about the findings and recommend a treatment plan. This plan may include lifestyle changes, physical therapy or dental appliances.
  • Non-Invasive Options. Many treatments begin with non-invasive options, such as exercises to strengthen the jaw muscles, techniques to reduce stress on the jaw or wearing a night guard to prevent teeth grinding.
  • Follow-Up Visits. We may ask you to do regular dental visits to monitor your progress and adjust treatment as necessary.
  • Advanced Treatments. More advanced treatments may be necessary for some patients, including occlusal adjustments (correcting the bite) or even surgery. However, these are typically the last resort after more conservative measures have been tried.
  • Pain Management. Advice on managing your pain in the short term, possibly including medications or specialized exercises, to provide relief as your treatment progresses.

Why Choose Us?

Choosing Dr. Schwartz for your TMJ treatment comes with several compelling advantages:

  • Expertise and Experience. Dr. Schwartz is not just a dentist; he has extensive post-doctoral training in TMJ disorders. This specialized expertise ensures that your treatment uses current research and practices.
  • Customized Treatment Plans. Knowing that every case of TMJ disorder is unique, Dr. Schwartz ensures that each treatment plan will meet each patient’s specific needs and circumstances, aiming for the most effective and sustainable results.
  • Use of Advanced Technology. Utilizing the latest in dental technology, Dr. Schwartz can more accurately diagnose TMJ disorders and offer less invasive, comfortable and effective treatments.
  • Holistic Approach. Understanding that TMJ disorders can affect more than just your jaw, Dr. Schwartz takes a comprehensive approach to treatment, finding out the main cause of it rather than just the symptoms. This approach alleviates pain and aims to restore overall well-being.
  • Patient-Centric Care. From your first visit to follow-up appointments, you’ll experience a warm, welcoming atmosphere where your comfort and health are the top priorities. Dr. Schwartz and our team can provide attentive, quality care at every step of your treatment.

Address Discomforts Due to TMJ Disorders: Schedule an Appointment Now!

If you’re experiencing jaw pain, headaches or ear pain or are concerned about grinding your teeth, set an appointment with Dr. Schwartz. Our Croton On Hudson dentist office is convenient for many Northern Westchester County, NY communities. Call our office at (914) 271-6224 or use our online request form, and we will reach out to you shortly about our TMJ treatment in Croton On Hudson, NY.

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