TMJ Specialist

Lawrence Wang, DDS -  - General Dentist

Madison Square Dentistry

Lawrence Wang, DDS

General Dentist located in Flatiron, New York, NY

If jaw pain is getting the best of you and lowering your quality of life, you don’t have to live with it. Dr. Lawrence Wang and his medical team at Madison Square Dentistry, located in Manhattan in New York City, treat TMJ disorders to get rid of jaw pain for good. If you’re ready to finally experience relief, book an appointment at Madison Square Dentistry today.

TMJ Q & A

What is TMJ?

TMJ is short for temporomandibular joint, but it has come to also stand for the joint and muscle disorders that can affect the joint.

TMJ is more common in women than men, and it affects more than 10 million Americans. It’s a group of conditions that cause dysfunction and pain in your jaw joint and the muscles surrounding it.

What causes TMJ?

Various factors can cause TMJ and the painful symptoms associated with it, including:

  • Jaw dislocation
  • Injury
  • Arthritis
  • Grinding of the teeth
  • Tooth or jaw misalignment
  • Family history of TMJ

What are the symptoms of TMJ?

Jaw pain is the primary symptom of TMJ. Other symptoms you might experience when you have TMJ include:

  • Locking of your jaw
  • Facial pain
  • Neck pain
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Pain while chewing
  • Pain near your ear
  • Jaw tenderness
  • A popping sound when opening and closing your mouth
  • Jaw muscle stiffness

Before your appointment at Madison Square Dentistry, it’s helpful to prepare a list of symptoms you’re experiencing so you can discuss it with Dr. Wang.

How is TMJ diagnosed?

Dr. Wang and his team work together to determine if your jaw pain is due to TMJ. He’ll go over your medical history and current symptoms, and conduct a physical examination, which includes:

  • Listening to your jaw when you open and close your mouth
  • Feeling your jaw to check for misalignment
  • Identifying areas of pain or discomfort

He may also use imaging tests (X-rays or MRIs) if necessary to make a TMJ diagnosis.

What is the treatment for TMJ?

Various treatments alleviate the pain and suffering associated with TMJ. Dr. Wang recommends the most conservative, least-invasive option first. The treatment he chooses depends on your medical history and the severity of your TMJ pain. Possible options include:

  • Short-term medications that ease pain and inflammation
  • Stabilization splints
  • Mouthguards you can wear at night
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Heat or ice treatment
  • Jaw stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Injections
  • Surgery in severe cases

TMJ is a fairly common health condition, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer. When you’re ready to ease jaw pain and dysfunction that hinders your quality of life, call Madison Square Dentistry to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wang or book an appointment online.