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TMJ is a problem that may be improved by a consultation with the top rated dentists in Staten Island that may not initially seem related to dentistry. The proper name for this medical problem is Temporomandibular Disorders or TMD. These problems affect the joint which helps the jaw move up and down, from side to side, and forward and back.

TMJ Symptoms

The temporal bones of the skull are attached to the mandibular joint on each side of your jaw and the muscles moving your jaw are attached to the mandible. The joint is in a socket which has a disc in place to cushion the movements of the jawbone while eating and talking.

The symptoms are characterized by pain in one or more of these areas. One or both joints may be involved, and the pain felt may cause trouble speaking, chewing, swallowing, and in some severe cases breathing. The pain can be accompanied by an ache in and around the ear, the face, or the teeth. Some people may experience ringing in their ears.

This disorder can also be caused by a combination of conditions like jaw injury, arthritis, and genetics. There are ways to relieve the pain caused by this disorder and the most conservative treatment would be to take a pain medication like Tylenol. Warm compresses on the sides of the face can also provide some relief.

TMJ Pain Relief in Staten Island

If the pain continues and doesn’t respond to these methods, TMJ relief in Staten Island can be found at the Drs. Galligan and Villa Dental Studio. They can try an oral splint to prevent teeth grinding or nerve stimulation (ULF-TENS) to lessen the pain by relaxing the muscles of this joint. If you have some of these symptoms, please contact the studio today for relief.