TMJ Treatment Professional

Temporomandibular joint disorder is a common cause of chronic headaches, jaw pain and tooth damage, as well as chronic grinding and clenching habits. Dr. Michael Shakin provides advanced TMJ treatment options to help patients in Staten Island, NY, relieve symptoms and prevent tooth damage.

TMJ Treatment Q & A

The temperomandibular joint is the joint that opens and closes the jaws.

If the joint becomes misaligned from clenching, grinding, or injury, it can cause jaw pain, difficulty opening and closing the jaws, clicking or popping sounds, ringing in the ears, headaches, and tooth sensitivity to hot and cold.

There are many ways to treat TMJ disorders. We have had great success in solving TMJ problems by using a non-invasive approach.

We are so confident in our TMJ treatment, that we offer a 30 day money back guarantee.

What is TMJ disorder?

TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, which forms where the lower jaw (or mandible) and the skull meet. Sometimes, these joints become inflamed or irritated, resulting in temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ. TMJ is not uncommon, and can cause an array of symptoms, including:

  • chronic headache
  • chronic jaw pain
  • clicking noises when chewing or talking
  • a “locking” sensation when opening the mouth very wide

Why does TMJ occur?

Different issues can cause or contribute to TMJ, including traumatic damage to the jaw and some diseases or infections. But the most common cause of TMJ is a misalignment of the jaw when the upper and lower jaws meet. Misalignment typically occurs when the teeth don’t line up properly due to crooked, missing or  damaged teeth. Osteoarthritis and growth abnormalities during childhood can also cause TMJ disorder to develop. People who clench or grind their teeth (a condition known as bruxism) can also develop TMJ, and interestingly, these symptoms can also develop as a result of the disorder. All of these issues can place unnatural and excessive stress and strain on the jaw joints, resulting in irritation, inflammation and, eventually, dysfunction of the joint. Without proper treatment, the joint problems can progress and symptoms can become more prevalent and severe.

How is TMJ treated?

TMJ treatment depends in part on the underlying cause of the disorder. When missing, crooked or badly damaged teeth are causing uneven strains on the jaw joints, correcting those issues with dental restorations can help relieve jaw strain by properly balancing the bite. Some patients may benefit from BOTOX injections to help relieve clenching in the muscles around the jaw joints. Often, TMJ symptoms can be relieved with special mouthguards worn during sleep. Guards can provide cushioning for the jaw, preventing strain during nighttime clenching and teeth grinding. TMK mouthguards are custom made for each patient and made from resilient materials so they’re very comfortable while they’re in place.


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Michael Shakin, DDS
4243 Richmond Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10312
Phone: 718-650-3203
Fax: 718-984-7916
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