Murray Hill

35 E 38th St 1D New York, NY 10016

New Patients: 212-547-2705
Current: 646-722-1108


Brooklyn

441 Clinton St. Brooklyn, NY 11231

New Patients: 212-547-2705
Current: 718-625-2929


E Harlem

1667 Lexington Ave. New York, NY 10029

New Patients: 212-547-2705
Current: 212-289-4131


Midtown

136 E 57th St. #1604 New York, NY 10022

New Patients: 212-547-2705
Current: 212-752-8181

Drop the Headache – Keep the Smile

Daily headaches are a real groaner – and a major threat to your quality of life! If your headache is accompanied by pain and strange noises in your jaw, neck stiffness, or even tingling fingers, you could be dealing with TMJ disorder or TMD. The good news is that your local Wellspring dentist is highly trained in treating this disorder. In fact, Wellspring’s founders, Dr. Claassen and Dr. Zientz are both Dawson Scholars, which means they have made an extraordinary commitment to your oral health, completing over 1,000 hours of advanced dental education. The Dawson Academy is one of the leading international centers of training that focuses not only on teeth but also on the muscles and systems that control them. That’s great news for your smile – bad news for your headaches!

What is TMJ Disorder?

TMJ disorder is usually the result of a bad bite – in other words, a lack of harmony in the way your teeth come together. This issue often starts innocently enough, sometimes with badly balanced dental work such as a crown or a filling, clenching and grinding from stress, or minor arthritis. Other times it begins with a trauma or jaw injury. Either way, once the imbalance begins, it can get worse and worse over time, leading to chronic pain and discomfort. If you have struggled with TMJ disorder or have headaches and jaw pain of unknown origin, give us a call. We take an extra 30 minutes with all new patients suffering from this disorder to take x-rays, show you where the issue lies, and discuss your options.

Symptoms

With an impressive (and hard to pronounce) name like Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, you can expect an equally impressive list of distressing symptoms. The symptoms of TMJ Disorder include:

  • Headaches or migraines
  • Stiffness or soreness in the neck, shoulders, and back
  • Facial pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Dental sensitivity
  • Tingling of the fingertips
  • Numbness in your fingers or arms
  • Clenching or grinding
  • Noticeably shorter teeth
  • Worn, chipping, cracking, or broken teeth or restorations
  • Loose teeth
  • Dizziness
  • Ear congestion
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Limited mouth opening
  • Clicking and popping in the jaw
  • Locking jaw
  • Depression
  • Insomnia

It’s a list of TMJ symptoms you don’t have to live with anymore – not when you turn to your Wellspring dentist for help!