Serenity Laser Dental PC

Dentistry & Dental Spa located in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction can be uncomfortable and may significantly impact your oral health. Alexander Kirzhner, DDS, and the team at Serenity Laser Dental PC, located in the Bay Ridge, Canarsie, and Marine Park areas of Brooklyn in New York City, offer modern dental solutions for TMJ. Call or schedule an appointment online for a consultation.


What is TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the meeting point between the jaw and the skull. This joint is a complex system of bone, nerve, muscle, and tendons. The term TMJ most commonly refers to a condition called temporomandibular joint dysfunction, which affects this joint.

When there is damage or inflammation in the joint tissues, it can impact jaw movement, eating, and talking. You may have symptoms that involve the face, neck, head, shoulder, and teeth, including:

  • Jaw and facial pain
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Inability to open or close your jaw
  • Clicking, popping, or crunching in the joint
  • Frequent headaches
  • Ear pain not associated with an ear infection
  • Neck and shoulder muscle tension

Because your teeth may be part of the underlying cause of your TMJ, the dental team at Serenity Laser Dental PC may be able to relieve your discomfort and prevent further damage to the joint.

What causes TMJ?

TMJ symptoms arise when there is joint damage, misalignment of the bones, and dislocation of the jaw. Dental misalignment is the most common underlying cause for TMJ, which your dental team may be able to address using corrective methods and up-to-date technologies.

Joint damage and inflammation could also be the result of:

  • Missing teeth
  • Facial or oral trauma
  • Teeth grinding
  • Whiplash or other neck injury
  • Stress-related muscle tension

When left untreated, TMJ may lead to worsening joint damage, decreased joint function, bone loss, and tooth damage. Early diagnosis and treatment of your TMJ can help prevent long-term injury and relieve your pain.

What is the treatment for TMJ?

The team at Serenity Laser Dental PC treats both the underlying causes of your TMJ and the inflammation and tissue damage that occurs as a result.

To determine the underlying cause, they may order digital X-rays or impressions, bite analysis, and complete a comprehensive oral exam.

Treatment options may include:

  • Dental restorations
  • Dental reconstruction
  • Customized bite guard
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Laser dentistry

Using laser dentistry, the team at Serenity Laser Dental PC can reduce the inflammation and promote healing in the tissues of the joints, which can relieve pain and improve your symptoms. Many people see significant relief after 2-10 sessions that last about 5-10 minutes each.

If you have TMJ, call or schedule an appointment for a consultation with Serenity Laser Dental PC today.