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Dr. Kenn Kakosian: TMJ Treatment Options

Last updated 5 years ago

TMJ, or TMJD, is a disorder of the temporomandibular joint in the jaw. The symptoms vary from clicking sounds in the jaw to migraines or dizziness. There are a variety of treatment options for TMJD, depending on the severity of the disorder and the symptoms. Your NYC dentist, Dr. Kenn Kakosian, will thoroughly assess the severity of your disorder before choosing a treatment option.

  • Medication: In milder cases of TMJ, your dentist may choose to prescribe a medication for use with muscle spasms or pain in the jaw. Medications include anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen or naproxen, muscle relaxers, or, in some cases, cortisone injections into the affected area.
  • Physical Therapy: This treatment option is one that your dentist might choose if your main symptoms involve the functionality of the jaw. Massage, stimulation, and opening and closing the jaw gently may improve the performance of the joint and improve how you can use your jaw.
  • Occlusal Therapy: This type of therapy occurs when your dentist forms a mouthpiece specifically for your teeth to balance your bite as well as prevent teeth grinding during sleeping. These issues can make the symptoms of TMJD worse, so preventing them may put a stop to the worsening of the disorder.
  • Surgery: In the worst cases, or in cases of TMJD caused by injury to the jaw, your dentist might opt for surgery when no other methods are practical or successful. If your dentist does choose surgery for TMJD, then there are several different types to choose from; some modify the ligaments in the jaw while others repair the jaw bone itself.

If you have TMJD or another mouth disorder, schedule an appointment today with Dr. Kenn Kakosian, DDS. Dr. Kakosian’s practice specializes in dental implants, Invisalign, teeth-whitening treatments, and cosmetic dental procedures in NYC.

 

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