You Do Not Have to Live with TMJ Symptoms
Our office treats the causes and symptoms commonly associated with bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching) in Batavia, NY.
What Is TMJ?
Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, is a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint and surrounding facial muscles. It is also referred to as temporomandibular disorder (TMD) or TMJ syndrome. The joint affected is the temporomandibular joint. It is the hinge that connects the lower jaw to the skull.
Those who suffer from problems associated with this joint can experience severe TMJ symptoms such as pain and frequent discomfort. The pain from this disorder can last a few months or several years. While medical professionals are unsure of what exactly causes this disorder, they know that it tends to affect women more often than men and is more prevalent in the 20 to 40 age group.
Dr. Russell Marchese, Jr. can evaluate your TMJ symptoms and determine the appropriate treatment for your individual case. Any symptoms should be reported Dr. Marchese.
If you are suffering from any TMJ symptoms, or want to learn more about treatment for bruxism in Batavia, NY, call our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Marchese.
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Have You Noticed Any of These Symptoms?
Symptoms of TMJ typically include:
Factors That May Lead to TMJ Syndrome
Some of the known factors contributing to TMJ syndrome include:
- Trauma to the area
- Bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Bite misalignment
How We Can Help
In many cases, symptoms go away on their own. Dr. Marchese recommends that those with pain and discomfort take aspirin or ibuprofen, eat soft foods and apply a warm compress to the areas where pain is felt.
In cases where pain and discomfort do not go away on their own, Dr. Marchese can recommend muscle stretching and relaxation exercises to perform at home. He may also fit you with a mouth guard to wear at night, particularly if you experience bruxism or teeth grinding. Bruxism is the most common contributing factor to TMJ problems.
If your TMJ is caused by bite misalignment, Dr. Marchese may perform an occlusal, or bite, adjustment. The adjustment could allow your jaw to close in its anatomically correct position and stop your TMJ symptoms.
Russell M. Marchese Jr., DDS
401 East Main Street | Batavia, NY 14020
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 7:15am - 4:15pm
Wednesday: 7:15am - 2:00pm
Friday and Saturday: By Appointment Only