Treatments & Surgery for TMJ Disorder, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, and TMJ Pain in Staten Island, New York.

David C. Hoffman, D.D.S. - Mark Stein, D.D.S., M.D. - Staten Island - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

256-C Mason Ave, 3rd Floor Staten Island, New York 10305

Telephone: 718.226.1251

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Staten Island TMJ & Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Treatment


What is TMJ Disorder?

The Temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect your jaw to your skull, allowing you to talk, chew and yawn.  If you have ever experienced pain or a “clicking” sound in your jaw when you eat, you may have TMJ Disorder.

TMJ Disorder can develop in patients who clench or grind their teeth, patients who have damaged their jaw through an injury, or patients with arthritis.  TMJ Disorder can cause a great deal of discomfort and damage if not treated.  Some types of TMJ Disorder can lead to more serious conditions.

What are symptoms of TMJ Disorder?

There are many symptoms to indicate that you may have TMJ Disorder. Symptoms include:

  • Clenching or grinding your teeth
  • Waking up with sore, stiff muscles around your jaw
  • Frequent headaches or neck aches
  • Worsening pain upon clenching of teeth
  • Stress, which causes teeth clenching and jaw pain
  • Clicking, popping, grating, catching, or locking of the jaw when you open your mouth
  • Difficulty or pain upon opening your mouth, eating, or yawning
  • Previous injury to your neck, head, or jaws
  • Problems (such as arthritis) with other joints
  • Teeth that no longer touch when you bite
  • Teeth meeting differently from time to time
  • Difficulty using your front teeth to bite or tear food

What can I do to relieve the pain of TMJ Disorder?

When combined with professional care, self-care treatments can be very effective at improving the function of your jaw.  These treatments include:

  • Resting your jaw
  • Keeping your teeth apart when you are not swallowing or eating
  • Eating soft foods
  • Applying ice and heat
  • Exercising your jaw

In addition to the actions listed above, wearing a nightguard can help relieve the symptoms of TMJ Disorder.  A nightguard is a temporary, clear plastic appliance that fits over the top and bottom teeth to create a protective barrier.  It relaxes your jaw muscles and helps you to stop clenching or grinding your teeth while protecting the cartilage and joint surfaces of your jaw.

How is TMJ Disorder treated?

At Staten Island Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we offer several different treatment options to our patients with TMJ Disorder. Once an evaluation confirms your TMJ Disorder diagnosis, Dr. Hoffman or Dr. Stein will discuss the proper course of treatment for you. TMJ Disorder treatments are designed to relieve muscle spasms and joint pain, which is usually accomplished with a pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, or muscle relaxant. If necessary, steroids can be injected into the joints to reduce pain and inflammation. It is important to realize that no single treatment can heal TMJ Disorder completely, and it takes time for treatments to become effective. However, our treatment options can help you have a healthier and more comfortable jaw.

How do I get started with TMJ Disorder treatments?

If you have persistent pain or tenderness or any other symptoms of TMJ Disorder, please contact Staten Island Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery to schedule an appointment with oral and maxillofacial surgeons David Hoffman, D.D.S. and Mark Stein, D.D.S., M.D. at 718.226.1251.


256-C Mason Ave, 3rd Floor
Staten Island, New York 10305