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Jaw problems aren’t fun. They’re painful, affect how you eat, and how you talk. Without a properly working jaw, it’s hard to feel confident or sure about anything in life.

Sadly, a lot of people deal with a common jaw problem called TMJ disorder. The TMJ – or temporomandibular joint – is a critical part of the system that keeps your jaw and skull together. But aside from that, what else is there to know about TMJ disorder?

Why don’t we let Dr. Ora Rosenfeld Canter at Ora R. Canter, DDS Orthodontics in Astoria, New York explain?

What is it?
TMJ disorder is when there’s been direct injury or harm to the TMJ. This is different from other jaw issues, because TMJ disorder creates localized, specific pain.

Symptoms
TMJ disorder has specific signs and symptoms that help you differentiate it from other problems that might require you to see a doctor. Some of the symptoms include pain in the jaw joint (TMJ), clicking and popping in the jaw, ear pain and headaches, popping noises in your ears, stiff jaw muscles, or locking of the jaw joint.

None of these symptoms should be overlooked, and they’re all issues that Dr. Ora Rosenfeld Canter can help treat.

Treatment
If you have any of the above symptoms, you’d be smart to seek treatment from a trained dentist. That treatment can include dental splints and mouthguards. In fact, a mouthguard is one of the more popular treatments since a lot of TMJ disorder problems are caused by grinding teeth in your sleep.

Don’t let any of these symptoms go untreated. To schedule an appointment, or to get more information, call us today at 718-278-2441. We are pleased to serve the Queens, Long Island City, Woodside, Elmhurst, Corona, Jackson Heights, and Middle Village New York, area.