TMJ Pain Specialist

Suzanne Grady, DDS -  - Pediatric Dentist

Open Sesame Dentistry

Suzanne Grady, DDS

Pediatric Dentist & Special Needs Dentist located in Lincoln Square, New York, NY

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which hinges the jaw, causes serious pain for many teenagers today. If your teen has TMJ pain, it’s important to bring them to an expert who can address the issue without causing more pain. At Open Sesame Dentistry in the Lincoln Square area in Manhattan, caring specialist Suzanne Grady, DDS, offers customized TMJ care for teens. Dr. Grady completed a subresidency in TMJ treating teenagers during her dental training, giving her a truly unique skill set. Book your teen’s appointment by calling the office in New York City or booking online.

TMJ Pain Q&A

What is TMJ pain?

TMJ pain means discomfort or pain in the temporomandibular joint that connects the jaw to the skull. Many teenagers experience this type of pain today. While adults experience TMJ pain as well, in teens, the causes and triggers can be very different. Therefore, it’s important to work with a specialist like Dr. Grady to get the right treatment for your teen.

What are the symptoms of TMJ pain?

The main symptom of TMJ pain is soreness or discomfort in the jaw area. The pain may extend to the neck, face, ears, and even down to the shoulders. Many teens experience TMJ pain when they’re speaking or when they initially open their mouth to speak. 

Other problems associated with TMJ pain can include:

  • Jaw locking
  • Jaw clicking
  • Jaw misalignment, leading to teeth that don’t fit together well
  • Tired feeling facial muscles

Sometimes, TMJ pain can trigger problems in other areas as well. For example, some teens with persistent TMJ pain may develop chronic headaches or tinnitus (ringing in the ears). 

What causes TMJ pain in teenagers?

There are multiple reasons for TMJ pain in teens. Stress is often a major factor. When teens feel stressed or anxious about school, social relationships, or any other adolescent issues, they may clench and grind their teeth, both of which can contribute to TMJ pain. 

Trauma to the mouth, specifically to the jaw area, is another factor in TMJ pain. Tooth misalignment can play a major role, too. 

To effectively treat your teenager, Dr. Grady starts with a complete evaluation, including a lifestyle assessment. That helps her to make the most accurate diagnosis and create an ideal plan for TMJ pain relief. 

How is TMJ pain in teenagers treated?

At Open Sesame Dentistry, Dr. Grady works closely with you and your teenager to make the changes necessary for complete pain relief. Some common treatment approaches include special physical therapy exercises, customized dental appliances, and lifestyle modifications. 

In most cases, with a few simple changes, your teen can live free from TMJ pain. Making these changes now means your teen can avoid further joint problems as they move into their adult years. 

Thanks to her extensive training, including a subresidency in treating TMJ pain in teenagers, Dr. Grady is the best specialist to help your teen with their jaw pain. Call Open Sesame Dentistry or click the online appointment maker to set up your child’s appointment.