TMJ Treatment Specialist

Core Smiles

General, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry located in NoMAD, New York, NY

Temporomandibular joint disorder, often referred to as TMJ, is a painful jaw condition that can have detrimental effects on your quality of life. Thankfully, Michael Gulizio, DMD, MS, is a renowned expert on the treatment of TMJ. At Core Smiles in NoMad, Manhattan, New York City, Dr. Gulizio helps patients find relief from the debilitating symptoms of TMJ. Stop living in pain and schedule an appointment today. You can book your visit by phone or online.

TMJ Treatment Q & A

What is TMJ?

TMJ actually stands for “temporomandibular joint,” which is the sliding, hingelike joint connecting your jawbone to your skull’s temporal bones. Your temporomandibular joint is a delicate and complex system that enables you to speak, talk, and yawn with ease.

 

TMJ disorder (or TMD) is a condition that affects the proper functioning of your TMJ, making it difficult and/or painful to move your jaw and properly eat and speak. It’s most frequently seen in patients between the ages of 20 and 40, and it occurs more often in women than in men.

TMJ and TMD are often used interchangeably, but technically speaking, TMJ is the joint, while TMD is the name of the condition that affects the joint. 

What are the symptoms of TMJ disorder?

Some of the more common symptoms of TMJ disorder include: 

  • Pain and tenderness in and around your jaw
  • Difficulty fully opening your mouth
  • A popping, clicking, or grating sound when opening and closing your mouth
  • An awkward feeling in your bite, as if your teeth aren’t properly fitting together
  • Your jaw gets stuck when you open or close your mouth
  • Headaches, neck-aches, upper back pain, and/or ringing in the ears (tinnitus)

TMJ symptoms vary widely from person to person. For some patients, the symptoms can be mildly irritating, while for others they can be intolerable. The effects of the condition can last from days to years, and if left untreated, you can endure chronic headaches, muscle pain, and tooth damage. 

How do you treat TMJ disorder?

 

Before treating you, Dr. Gulizio examines you to determine whether you fit the criteria for a TMJ diagnosis. If he does diagnose you with TMD, your treatment plan will depend on the severity of your condition.

It’s best to start conservatively when treating TMJ disorders. Some noninvasive approaches that Dr. Gulizio might try initially include:

  • Special oral appliances
  • Physical therapy
  • Medications to relax the jaw and relieve pain

Dr. Gulizio might recommend some lifestyle changes to ease your symptoms, like:

  • Avoiding sudden jaw movements like yelling or yawning
  • Sleeping on your back
  • Reducing your stress levels

For many patients, these conservative treatments go a long way toward rehabilitating their jaw. 

Whatever your journey toward a life free of TMJ pain, Core Smiles can help get you there. Schedule your consultation today by calling the office or booking a visit online.