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TMJ/TMD Dentistry

Jaw Pain Relief in Staten Island

Reevaluating Your TMJ with Neuromuscular Dentistry

Everyday aches are one thing, but when it becomes something chronic like jaw, facial, or head pain it’s enough to drive you mad. There’s a good chance your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, could be to blame — and you don’t even know it. Talk to highly-trained neuromuscular dentists in Tottenville like Dr. Craig Ratner and Dr. Alex Pisapia. Their advanced skills and techniques have helped so many patients live a pain-free life that’s healthier and more enjoyable.

What is TMJ Disorder?

Understanding temporomandibular joint disease or disorder (TMJ or TMD) can be tricky. Basically, it has to do with people who suffer from a structural imbalance in their jaw-to-skull relationship that’s generally caused by a bad imbalanced bite. A neuromuscular dentist in Staten Island can identify the causes of this disorder and pain by assessing the position of your jaw, facial muscles, back, neck, and shoulders. It’s best to discuss how you’re feeling and what symptoms you’re having with someone who understands, like Dr. Ratner and Dr. Pisapia.

TMJ/TMD Symptoms

Have you often wondered if there’s more to your jaw pain than you think? Check out some of these common TMD symptoms to see if you’re a possible candidate for neuromuscular dentistry:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Worn or chipped teeth
  • Deteriorating dental restorations
  • Facial and neck pain
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Locking in your jaw
  • Click or grating sounds when chewing
  • Ringing or congestion in ears

The fun doesn’t end there. Other symptoms, such as numbness in the fingers and arms, can occur, along with pain in your teeth that seems to move around. Does anything sound familiar? It’s time to talk to the dentists at Exceptional Dentistry.

Don’t Worry! You Have Options

Priority #1: get you out of pain. Dr. Ratner and Dr. Pisapia use innovative neuromuscular diagnostic technology to help determine the optimal position of your jaw. Our doctors are able to precisely measure the relaxed positioning of your head and neck muscles and then rely on this non-surgical discipline to diagnose and treat your bite issues. We can electronically massage your muscles, use trigger point injections, or use Botox treatments for bruxism issues or teeth grinding. Our dentists can also customize your treatment to work with other medical professionals, such as physical therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and others.

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