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TMJ/TMD Therapy – Tappan, NY

Solutions for Mystery Jaw & Head Pain

Do you suffer from constant pain and stiffness on one side of your face? Is it normal for you to have a headache every day? Have you been to other doctors about these problems, and they haven’t been able to solve them? Often, these issues can be caused by TMJ disorder or TMD. The TMJ (temporomandibular joints) are the hinges that allow your lower jaw to move, and dysfunction in this area of the body can lead to all kinds of problems throughout the face, head, and neck. At Smile More Dentistry, we’re partnered with local TMJ expert Dr. Mike Pilar, who is a leading authority on diagnosing and treating these kinds of issues. If you’re ready to stop dealing with relentless jaw and facial pain, give us a call to schedule an appointment.

Man in pain holding jaw

Why Choose Smile More Dentistry for Sedation Dentistry?

  • Treatment Provided by a TMJ Specialist: Dr. Mike Pilar
  • Custom-Made Oral Appliances for Every Patient
  • Enjoy Immediate Relief with BOTOX

TMD Diagnosis & Treatment

Man holding both sides of jaw

What could be causing your TMD? There are many different factors that can lead to problems in this joint, but the most common ones tend to be strains, injury, arthritis, or misaligned bite. If you report or exhibit any TMD-related symptoms, our team will take multiple scans and X-rays of the joint in order to get to the root of the problem. Once we have determined what it is, we’ll be able to come up with your personalized treatment plan to get you out of pain and improve your jaw function.

Equilibration & Occlusal Adjustments

X-rays of jaw and skull

Often, the orientation of the teeth can lead to excess pressure being placed on the muscles and nerves of the TMJ, leading to tension that eventually turns into pain. With an equilibration, our team is able to adjust and rebalance the bite by reshaping a few key teeth. This can involve removing a few millimeters of enamel or placing a restoration over certain teeth so they can provide better support. In the end, the result will be a pain and symptom-free patient.

Treatment with a TENS Machine

Woman receiving TENS treatment

Many people unconsciously grind their teeth while they sleep, and this can sometimes be caused by spasming muscles in the TMJ which force the jaw to move throughout the night. This can be helped using a TENS machine, which involves placing small electrodes on the jaw and face so the device can gently massage the muscles using small pulses of electricity. This helps calm overly-active muscles, flushes out inflammatory factors, and improves blood flow to the area, all of which provide relief.

BOTOX® Injections

Man receiving BOTOX injections

Fully addressing a TMD can take quite a bit of time, ranging from weeks to months, but BOTOX can be used to help patients immediately overcome pain and enjoy a better quality of life. Similar to how it lessens the appearance of facial wrinkles, targeted BOTOX injections can briefly paralyze spasming jaw muscles to lessen TMD-related symptoms and discomfort. Getting a BOTOX treatment only takes about 10 minutes, but the results can easily last for several months.