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Learn About TMJ & TMD

If you feel prolonged pain in your jaw or trouble chewing or closing your mouth, or even headaches, a TMJ disorder could be the culprit. That’s why we welcome you to the Center for Smiles to get to the bottom of your jaw pain and help you find your ideal solution!

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What is a TMJ Disorder?

The term “TMJ” itself is not actually a disorder – rather, it actually stands for “temporomandibular joint,” which allows for jaw movement and proper bite alignment. When issues with that joint arise and cause pain or discomfort, it’s referred to as “TMD,” temporomandibular dysfunction, or a TMJ disorder.

There are a few reasons why a TMJ disorder might arise, including:

  • Excessive clenching or grinding of teeth
  • Trauma to the jaw
  • Disease or arthritis of the jaw
  • Jaw misalignment
What are the Symptoms of a TMJ Disorder?

TMJ disorders can affect everyone differently, but the most common symptoms include:

  • Pain or tenderness near the jaw
  • Clicking, cracking, or popping when opening or closing your mouth
  • Toothaches and headaches
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Pain that extends down the neck, chest, or arms
What Treatment Options Do I Have?

Your treatment begins with a consultation here at the Center for Smiles, where our expert team can assess your TMJ disorder and help you get on the right path to relief and recovery.

In many cases, a night-time apparatus such as a Night Guard can help reduce involuntary grinding and relieve pressure on the joint. Other non-invasive treatments, such as bite therapy may also prove effective.

In other cases, restorative dentistry options or orthodontic treatment may be required to correct an irregular bite and restore your teeth to an optimal position. Whatever your unique needs may call for, we’re here to assist you every step of the way and make sure you’re making a fully informed decision on treating your TMJ disorder.

Nicholas Rallis, DDS, has been in private practice since 1990, focusing on family, cosmetic and implant dentistry, and TMD disorders. He is a clinical instructor for the New York University College of Dentistry Full Mouth Rehabilitation Continuing Dental Education Program and a former speaker for Invisalign™. A true advocate for his patients and fellow colleagues, Dr. Rallis enjoys teaching other dentists, directing a professional choir, traveling, and participating in outdoor activities. He especially loves spending time with his family – Renee, Ross, Nicole, and Danielle!

If you’re ready to discuss your treatment options for TMJ disorders, don’t hesitate to reach out! At the Center for Smiles, we’ll take a close look and help you decide on the treatment option that’s best for you.

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