“TMJ” is the commonly used term to describe a bite, or temporomandibular (TMD), disorder that can cause a wide range of painful symptoms. TMJ can also have a detrimental affect on your dental health. Cohoes, NY dentist Dr. Frederick Marra offers diagnosis and treatment for bite disorders, including TMJ, to relieve symptoms and ultimately restore oral health.
During routine dental visits, Dr. Marra looks for the signs of a bite problem such as worn teeth, an indicator of both teeth grinding and improper contact between top and bottom teeth. Untreated bite disorders can lead to tooth damage, periodontal disease and even tooth loss.
Common Symptoms of TMJ
Many symptoms of TMJ are misdiagnosed or undiagnosed in the absence of routine dental care. If you experience any of these common signs or symptoms it is important to discuss your concerns during your next preventive care visit with Dr. Marra, or call and schedule a visit to avoid further pain or damage.
- Jaw pain and tension
- Frequent headaches
- Ear pain or fullness
- Neck pain
- Difficulty chewing
- Popping, clicking or locking jaw
Treatment for TMJ in Cohoes NY
Dr. Marra will thoroughly evaluate all aspects of your occlusal system which includes the teeth, gums and jaw joints to identify any imbalance that can be the cause of your bite disorder. The goal of your treatment is to stabilize your bite for long term dental health.
For many patients a mouth guard is recommended to stop teeth grinding, a common symptom of a bite problem and the frequent cause of both pain and tooth damage. Teeth grinding can also be the result of daily stress and can lead to a bite problem as it wears down or damages the surface of the teeth. If tooth damage or wear has occurred, Dr. Marra may recommend restorative dental treatments to repair and strengthen the teeth. Tooth bonding, dental crowns and dental veneers are all options for restoring dental health and adjusting the surface of the teeth for a more comfortable and stable bite.
Orthodontics can also be part of a treatment plan to address TMJ related dental concerns. Orthodontics can straighten misaligned teeth that are affecting the balance of your bite for improved oral health and a beautiful new smile.
Schedule An Appointment
Left untreated, TMJ can lead to complex dental problems that can compromise both oral health and daily quality of life. If you are concerned that you may a bite disorder or are suffering with undiagnosed headaches, schedule an appointment with Dr. Marra in Cohoes, NY. Contact our office at (518) 650-1930 or request an appointment online.