Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

TMJ & TMD Treatment

Just as a bridge has to be structured in a very precise way to carry a great deal of weight, your mouth functions in a very similar manner.  Your teeth, jaw, and neck all have to fit together correctly in order for you to perform biological functions such as biting and chewing.  Even the slightest of misalignment can throw the entire system off, causing pain; limited range of motion, dizziness, and fatigues. That is where we come in.  With the help of new, non-surgical technology, Dr. Renee Yurovsky has the precise skill and training to help you obtain a comfortable position of your bite through TMJ care.

If you have been experiencing chronic pain in your head or face, or are undergoing jaw dysfunction, the pain is stemming from a disorder in the temporomandibular joint which you may not realize you have. Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) also known as (TMJ), is a very painful and uncomfortable affliction to endure.  This disorder primarily targets the facial muscles and jawline, causing pain to course through the regions when movement of the mouth is attempted.  TMD is associated with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ): located at the side of your head, which coordinates the top of part of the temporal bone and the lower jaw bone known as your mandible. Patients experience much frustration when suffering from this disorder, for they often bounce around from one medical doctor to the next without conclusively being diagnosed. Without definite prognosis patients are left in prolonged drug therapy sessions, and in some cases are misdiagnosed as psychosomatic illness. Dr. Yurovsky has dealt with numerous of TMJ cases and has properly diagnosed and treated this jaw dysfunction.

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) allows for the side-to-side movement and sliding motions of your jaw.  In essence, this joint is responsible for allowing your mouth to chew food, enabling adjustments to the jaw region, and, in effect, allowing for your mouth to help form words when speaking.  A temporomandibular joint disorder may be a consequence of injury to the jaw, arthritis, or habits such as grinding your teeth at night.  Different kinds of pain may result from this disorder, depending on how minor or severe your condition is.

These disorders may lead to some of the following symptoms:

  • Earaches
  • Headaches
  • Pain opening or closing the mouth
  • Limited movement of the jaw
  • Clicking or grating noises with jaw movement

In some cases, however, the discomfort of the jaw is not related to TMJ disorder.  Stress can play a huge factor in making muscles in the jaw tense, resulting in similar symptoms linked to TMJ disorder.  Special imaging techniques may be required to properly diagnose jaw problems, and correct them accordingly.

Treatment

Your course of treatment depends on the severity of your diagnosis and damage to the joint.  In the majority of cases, a Night Guard is the most effective way to prevent damage caused by the clenching and grating of the teeth.

Dr. Yurovsky will fashion your night guard to fit the structure of your bite by taking an impression of your teeth. This impression is then sent to a lab where your night guard will be constructed to match it.