Kenneth Berger, DDS & Associates is your local Valley Stream prosthodontist for the treatment of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), and jaw problems. We have been proudly serving our community for more than 20 years. Our state-of-the-art office is staffed by experts in the field of prosthodontics. We have taken great care in cultivation of a friendly and welcoming environment, where we can comfortably provide our patients with the expert and individualized care they deserve. Our staff prosthodontist is experienced in the treatment of the most complex dental cases, truly making Kenneth Berger, DDS & Associates your go-to Valley Stream prosthodontist office.
TMJ disorders can cause pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles that control this jaw movement. Pinpointing the exact cause of an individual’s TMJ disorder is not easy. The pain can be caused by a combination of problems, including arthritis, or jaw injury. People with jaw pain also tend to be people who clench or grind their teeth. Symptoms to pay attention to would be pain or tenderness in the jaw, an aching pain in and around the ear, any experiencing of a difficulty chewing and/or discomfort while chewing, an aching facial pain, and a locking of the jaw joint, which would make it difficult to open or close the mouth. TMJ disorders can also be accompanied by a clicking sound or a grating sensation when the mouth is opened during chewing. Note however that if you hear clicking in your jaw, but experience no pain, you probably don’t need any treatment for a TMJ disorder. To be safe though, if you for any reason think that you have one or more of these symptoms make an appointment to see your local Valley Stream prosthodontist. At Kenneth Berger, DDS & Associates, we can determine the extent of your TMJ and discuss the appropriate courses of action.
We mostly recommend conservative treatments for TMJ and other jaw problems. These conservative treatments are reversible and acknowledge the fact that we need more study on the safety and effectiveness of treatments for jaw joint and muscle disorders. Conservative treatments do not include surgery, they are merely the use of oral appliances, or bite guards. Our Valley Stream prosthodontist may also prescribe over the counter pain medications, and anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen in order to help with the pain and swelling in the jaw joint and muscles.