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TMJ Treatment in Hewlett

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Dr. Ranan Wolff is an experienced TMJ Specialist in Hewlett, NY. Call 516-569-5566 to learn more and schedule an appointment.

What Is a TMJ Specialist?

A TMJ specialist is a dentist or medical professional who treats TMJ disorder. TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, the location on each side of your face where your lower jaw connects to your head. These joints can become irritated and inflamed, resulting in TMJ disorder. Dentists are often the best TMJ specialists because they have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the structure of the jaw

Why Choose Hewlett Dental Excellence?

Patients often don’t know where to turn for TMJ treatment. But Hewlett Dental Excellence specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ disorders. We believe in getting to the source of the problem to figure out what is causing your symptoms so that we can treat it and prevent it from recurring. Our approach to TMJ treatment is conservative; we only recommend surgery if all other options have failed. We take your situation seriously, listening to your symptoms and providing the necessary treatment that will bring you relief and allow you to eat the foods you love. Your oral health and quality of life are our number one focus

Signs You Need TMJ Treatment

  • Pain in the jaw
  • Pain in the temple region of the head
  • Limited range of motion when opening your mouth
  • A popping or clicking sound when moving your jaw or chewing
  • Neck pain
  • Headache
  • Ear pain
  • Locked jaw (can’t open your mouth at all)

How is TMJ Treated?

  • Custom Oral Appliances. We provide custom oral appliances that are worn in the mouth to provide relief of TMJ symptoms. Examples include:
  • Bite splint. A bite splint keeps your jaw in proper alignment to relieve irritation and inflammation from misaligned joints.
  • Night guard. A night guard is designed to absorb the impact of teeth grinding, which is a common cause of TMJ disorder.
  • NTI Device. This device can often effectively prevent nighttime grinding and is easier to wear than a full nightguard and can be fabricated in one visit.
  • Physical Therapy.We also offer various Physical Therapy modalities to help alleviate TMJ symptoms.

Frequently Asked Questions About TMJ Treatment

What causes TMJ disorder?
TMJ disorder may be caused by overuse or excessive strain on the jaw, such as eating something hard or chewy, chronic teeth grinding, or clenching teeth due to stress. It may also be caused by an injury, such as a blow to the jaw or side of the face that knocks the joint out of alignment.
Is TMJ treatment covered by insurance?
Dental insurance does not typically cover TMJ treatment, but medical insurance most likely does. Even though dentists specialize in TMJ treatment, they can still accept or bill your medical insurance. For specific information about your plan, refer to your insurance provider or benefits guide.
Is TMJ the same as lockjaw?
TMJ disorders are often confused with lockjaw because one of the symptoms is a locking of the jaw, which can prevent you from opening your mouth at all. However, lockjaw is a condition that is associated with tetanus, a bacterial infection that causes the muscles of the face and neck to tense up. These two conditions are very different.
Can I treat my TMJ symptoms at home?

You can try some home remedies to treat your TMJ symptoms before calling your dentist.

  • Apply ice to your jaw and side of the face where you feel pain.
  • Take over the counter pain medication, particularly anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen (Advil).
  • Rest your jaw as much as possible. Avoid talking, singing, yawning, etc.
  • Eat a soft or liquid diet until symptoms subside.
Will TMJ disorder go away on its own?
It is possible that your symptoms will clear up on their own. However, if the cause of your TMJ disorder is not addressed, your symptoms may return. If your TMJ comes back, contact your dentist.

TMJ Treatment at Hewlett Dental Excellence in Hewlett

Looking for a TMJ Specialist on the South Shore of Long Island, NY? Contact us at 516-569-5566 to schedule an appointment today!

Contact our office today to schedule your appointment!

Hewlett Dental Excellence
1229 Broadway #204
Hewlett, NY 11557
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