Helma Philips, DDS
Aesthetic, Restorative & Implant Dentistry in Midtown NYC

How do dentists treat TMJ?

Restorative dentist Dr. Helma Philips offers effective and non-invasive TMJ treatment in Midtown NYC. Often called TMJ, temporomandibular jaw disorder affects the jaw joints and indicates strain or dysfunction.

Signs and Symptoms of TMJ 

  • Clicking, popping, or grinding of the jaws
  • Clenching or grinding of the teeth (bruxism)
  • Lockjaw 
  • Misaligned bite 
  • Pain and difficulty when chewing or yawning 
  • Jaw pain and soreness 
  • Migraines
  • Tooth pain and sensitivity 
  • Worn or chipped teeth
  • Bite marks on the cheeks
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) 
  • Overdeveloped jaw muscles

If you experience jaw pain or suspect you have TMJ, Dr. Philips will perform a jaw and bite exam to determine if oral appliance therapy is right for you.

Oral Appliance Therapy in Midtown NYC

Oral appliance therapy uses a custom nightguard, also called an occlusal guard or splint, to protect the teeth and jaw joints during sleep. Your custom nightguard relaxes the jaw joints and releases their tension and pressure on the teeth. 

Dr. Philips takes digital impressions of your jaws and sends them to an orthotic laboratory, where a specialist creates your custom-fitted splint. Dr. Philips will then fit you for your appliance and provide you with detailed instructions for use. 

Do you have jaw pain and discomfort? Please don't hesitate to contact our Midtown NYC dental office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Philips. 

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