Occlusion refers to the relationship between the biting surfaces of your teeth. More specifically, the relationship between the upper and lower teeth and how evenly the two surfaces come together. The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) is where the lower and upper jaw meet. Your TMJ relies on proper alignment and function of the teeth. When the teeth are misaligned, this can cause stress in the TMJ, and this can lead to dysfunction, damage, and inflammation in the TMJ (TMJ Disorder).
Dr. Peter Auster and Dr. Frances Tang are both Alumni of the prestigious Dawson Academy. They have developed an in-depth understanding of dental occlusion and how it relates to overall health and the function of your smile. Understanding the relationship between the jaw joints, muscles, surrounding bone structure and teeth can help pinpoint any dysfunction in the chewing system.
We take a comprehensive, individualized approach to your dental care. Our goal is to treat the root of the problem, alleviate your symptoms, and prevent further complications. Visit us for a TMJ evaluation and get the relief you deserve.
A close friend referred me to Cosmetic Dentistry a few years ago when my dentist moved his practice out of town. It was only when one of my molars had cracked from my constant clenching and grinding that Dr. Tang told me she really did not want to start doing any major work on my teeth until I had consulted with Dr. Auster. I knew my teeth were a mess. I had a patchwork of old crowns, laminates, and bonding going back more than thirty years. What I didn’t know was that my bite could be reconstructed and I could be free from clenching, grinding and awful migraines. Dr. Auster really changed my life. I can now smile with confidence. I frequently receive compliments for having beautiful white teeth. Best of all, I am free of migraines, TMJ and perpetual clenching and grinding. I feel like a new person. Going to the dentist is not a chore. Everyone at the office treats me like family and always makes me feel welcome and that my needs come first. Dr. Auster is a perfectionist, but he is also a really nice guy. Wow, a skilled dentist who also has a fantastic “chairside” manner, putting me right at ease. Thanks to everyone at Cosmetic Dentistry for being there for me!
What Are the Signs of a TMJ Disorder?
As Dawson trained dentists, our team are experienced in identifying and diagnosing complex bite disorders. Many patients don’t even realize their jaw discomfort and other symptoms are related to a bite disorder until they visit a highly trained dentist. If you are suffering from facial pain, teeth grinding, or tooth wear, you may want to undergo a complete dental evaluation to assess your risk for a bite disorder.
Some of the most common symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
- Chronic jaw pain
- Persistent headaches
- Tooth sensitivity
- Locking of the jaw
- Painful chewing
- Facial pain
- Jaw aches
- Cracking or popping when moving the jaw
You don’t have to endure painful or uncomfortable symptoms often associated with a TMJ disorder. Finding relief for your symptoms may be as simple as scheduling a consultation with our Dawson trained dentists. Early intervention and personalized treatment can be the solution you need to live a life free of TMJ pain.
How is TMJ Treated in Rockland County?
If you have an aching jaw or reoccurring headaches, finding relief for those symptoms can improve your quality of life. TMJ pain can make simple tasks like speaking, chewing, and laughing increasingly difficult. TMJ disorder can stem from many different causes.
To find an effective treatment for you, Dr. Auster, Dr. Tang or one of our experienced dental professionals will perform a full evaluation of your TMJ and entire occlusal system. Please complete the form below to provide more detailed information about your unique symptoms and concerns for discussing in person.
Our Dawson Academy trained dentists are committed to helping you find relief from your TMJ pain. We incorporate advanced technology during your evaluation to help aid in the diagnosis of TMJ disorder. TMJ remains one of the most under-diagnosed dental issues.
With T-Scan III technology, we can offer a computerized occlusion analysis that determines optimal bite alignment. The results from the T-Scan can aid us in the treatment planning phase. Depending on your needs, we may recommend one or more of the following solutions to treat TMJ disorder.
- Bite Equilibrium
- Night Guards
- Tooth Restorations
Our team will work with you to find the best treatment for your TMJ in our Pomona, NY dentist office. We will explore all possible treatments and create a solution that is right for you.
TMJ Disorder FAQs
Can I treat my TMJ at home?
There are many ways that you can decrease the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ. Some of these at home remedies can include eating softer foods, not chewing gum or your nails, and avoiding extreme jaw movements like when you yawn or sing. That being said, they may not completely cure your TMJ pain, so it’s best to consult with your Doctor about more permanent treatments and remedies for TMJ pain.
What are some ways I can relax my jaw?
A good way to relax your jaw is to stretch it. Press your tongue to the roof of your mouth (directly behind your teeth) and begin to open your jaw until you begin to feel discomfort. Repeating this process can help stretch your jaw and alleviate mild to moderate TMJ related pain. For more excessive or reoccurring pain you should always speak with your Doctor.
Why won’t my jaw stop clicking?
Jaw clicking or popping can be caused by a number of traumatic issues involving the jaw. It could be anything ranging from mild misplacement to dislocation. This can obviously cause TMJ related issues and should be discussed with your Doctor, however, try to keep from chewing too vigorously or grinding your teeth in the meantime to try and alleviate the clicking and pain.
Schedule A Dental Exam & TMJ Consultation Today
Don’t let your TMJ symptoms progress before you visit our Pomona dentist office for a consultation. At Cosmetic Dentistry Associates offer in-depth evaluations analyze your bite and determine the root of your TMJ disorder. We can build a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses all your dentistry needs. If you would like to learn more about your options, visit our dental office. To schedule an appointment, call (845) 241-0656 or request an appointment online.