Astoria Dentist Explains the Causes of TMJ Pain with a Quiz


TMJ disorder is a widespread medical issue. Unfortunately, few people are familiar with TMJ dysfunction. In the United States alone, over ten million people experience chronic discomfort related to TMJ disorder, also known as TMD. In today’s blog, your Astoria dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz, uses a quiz to explain the causes of TMJ dysfunction and recommend simple treatment options.

Astoria TMJ Disorder Quiz

1. True or False: Jaw joint strain leads to TMJ disorder.

2. True or False: Bruxism and malocclusion are common causes of jaw joint stress.

3. True or False: A popping jaw and chronic headache are symptoms of TMJ disorder.

4. True or False: Your Astoria NY general dentist offers minimally invasive treatment for TMJ-related discomfort.

Answer Key

1. True. The temporomandibular joints connect the jaw to the skull. These joints also control all jaw movement, including the actions necessary to eat or speak. When the joints become strained, patients may develop TMJ disorder.

2. True. Bruxism refers to the grinding or clenching of your teeth. In addition to causing jaw joint stress, bruxism damages teeth and exposes sensitive dentin to bacteria. Malocclusion occurs when the jaw becomes misaligned, straining the joints.

3. True. Other symptoms of TMJ disorder include: Tooth sensitivity, toothaches, earaches, tinnitus, neck pain, jaw discomfort, shoulder pain, and facial pain.

4. True. Dr. Leibowitz may recommend an oral splint. Similar to a night guard, this device repositions the jaw to ease jaw joint strain. A splint also helps address bruxism by preventing the upper and lower teeth from touching. In addition, simple muscle exercises and compresses can relieve jaw joint stress and reduce the symptoms of TMJ disorder.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Astoria NY General Dentist

Do you exhibit the symptoms of TMJ dysfunction? Then talk to your Astoria NY general dentist today. Dr. Leibowitz will diagnose the cause and severity of your jaw pain and prescribe the most appropriate treatment. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Leibowitz by calling our 11106 dentist’s office today at (718) 728-8320. We proudly serve patients from Astoria, Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the surrounding communities.