TMD/TMJ Treatment

Serving patients in Westchester and the Tri-State Area.

Patients with temporomanibular Jawbone (TMD) disorder frequently seek the advice and assistance of Dr. David Furnari, a skilled dentist in Scarsdale to help relieve their symptoms. Although TMD symptoms may very in severity, patients should not wait until they have unbearable pain before turning to Dr. Furnari at Scarsdale Dental Group for help.

What Is TMD?

Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint (or TMJ), and surrounding facial muscles. Can be a degenerative condition of the jaw (TMJ) or in combination with a chronic mild pain or spasms. Symptoms, such as headache or dizziness, can be periodic or mild, or they can become so bad that it is painful to chew. Specific TMD symptoms could include:

  • A jaw that locks or gets stuck when opening the mouth
  • The sound of popping, clicking or grinding that occurs when opening and closing the mouth
  • Painful opening or closing of the full mouth
  • Painful chewing
  • Swelling or inflammation of the face and neck area
  • A limited range of motion of the mouth

Possible TMD Treatments

In certain circumstances, TMD may get better on its own. However, if symptoms do not clear up on their own, the dentists at Scarsdale Dental (SDG) can recommend special techniques to relieve discomfort and pain. Our Doctors have specialized training to evaluate and recommend treatment. In certain instances a MRI or CAT scan.

Non-Pharmaceutical Treatments. To help relieve TMD symptoms, Dr. Furnari and Dr. Mobilia may recommend reversible occlusal therapy with a custom-made bite guard, also referred to as an appliance therapy. This type of muscle relaxation splint is similar to a night guard used for the prevention of tooth wear from grinding. This specialized appliance is intricately designed to relieve your jaw pain, relax your muscles and minimize headaches. Usually patients have either an upper or lower appliance but never both at the same time. The SDG doctors will also educate patients about the behaviors that may be contributing to TMD pain. That way, patients can avoid these behaviors. For instance, clenching or grinding teeth, leaning on the chin, or biting fingernails may be the culprit behind TMD symptoms.

Medications. Certain medications may help relieve TMD symptoms, especially when used in conjunction with above reversible treatments. For instance, over-the-counter pain relievers may help reduce mild discomfort. Prescription pain relievers can be used for more severe pain caused by TMD. For instance muscle relaxants can be taken on a temporary basis to relive painful symptoms caused by TMD. Although this may sound unusual, another option is a tri-cyclic antidepressant( Amitriptyline and others) have been shown to relieve TMD pain. In addition, the SDG may recommend a sedative, such as clonazepam, to relieve teeth clenching at night.

Surgical/Medical Procedures. If the conservative appliance therapy and medications are not providing significant complete relief, Scarsdale Dental has a network of specialists that may be tapped to further advance your treatment. Surgical or medical procedures, such as arthrocentesis are an option. Arthrocentesis is a conservative method for an oral surgeon to irrigate the joint and flush away the debris and toxins. This will eliminate the inflammation that cases joint pain.

To find out more about TMD treatment or to schedule an appointment with the doctors at Scarsdale Dental, Please contact us by calling (914) 723-4707.