Many people suffer from a condition referred to as TMJ Disorder, which is related to the jaw joints or temporomandibular joints (TMJ). These joints are located on either side of your face just in front of both ears. They consist of soft tissue, muscle and ligaments. Normally, the TMJs operate smoothly, opening and closing your mouth when you eat, speak, yawn or laugh. However, with TMJ disorder, the joints malfunction, causing a number of different symptoms including pain around the ears and jaw; frequent headaches; clicking or popping noises when you open or close your mouth; feeling as if your jaw is locked or stuck in place; chipped or fractured teeth; and muscle tension in the jaws/neck/head/shoulders; and even swelling on the side of your face. If left untreated, TMJ disorder can progress and cause extensive damage.
In Buffalo, TMJ is Treated at DeRose Dental
The temporomandibular joints are highly sensitive to stress and other factors. A misalignment of the bite, slight changes in activity, changes in eating habits, and trauma or injury to the head and neck can throw the TMJ out of alignment. Although the condition is very common, it is often misdiagnosed and not treated effectively, which results in patients feeling frustrated by their inability to gain relief.
Dr. DeRose has Specialty Training in TMJ management and is considered a TMJ expert by his peers. In most cases, he can treat the disorder with simple therapies that rapidly relieve discomfort.
When you visit us, we'll check your bite (the way your teeth fit together) and your TMJ for signs of misalignment. An orthotic or bite appliance worn at night can help alleviate your pain and your bite can be stabilized to restore it to its natural, harmonious state. Dr. DeRose may also implement other simple treatments that can assist in alleviating symptoms and restoring health. Some of these treatments may include:
Within weeks of TMJ therapy, most patients notice significant or total improvement.
There’s no reason for you or a loved one to endure the pain and discomfort of TMJ disorder. Dr. DeRose can accurately diagnose and treat the condition so you can resume your normal activities. To learn more about TMJ and your treatment options, contact the office of DeRose Dental, your dentist in 14202, and schedule a consultation. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry as well as orthodontic treatment.
Located in the Historic Allentown area of downtown Buffalo, NY, DeRose Dental provides leading-edge dentistry with a focus on exceptional service and care. Call our dental office today to schedule your appointment with Dr. DeRose. Our team looks forward to helping you discover your best smile. Serving Buffalo, Amherst, Williamsville and surrounding areas.