200 West 57th Street, Suite 303, New York, NY 10019 (212) 601-2666    
200 West 57th Street, Suite 303
New York, NY 10019
(212) 601-2666

Midtown dentist

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD)

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) is an umbrella term covering pain and dysfunction of the muscles of mastication and the temporomandibular joints(TMJ). The most important feature is the pain, followed by restricted mandibular movement and noises from the TMJ during jaw movement. Although TMD is not life-threatening, it can be detrimental to quality of life because the symptoms can become chronic and difficult to manage. Stress, bruxism (teeth grinding) and trauma are key contributors in the development of TMD.

TMD treatment incorporates the combined knowledge of the mouth, teeth, gums, jaw, facial and oral tissues. Its is an exmpansion of traditional dental techniques to focus on occlusion (the way your teeth come together to touch). Dr. Chen and her team evaluates the relationship between the teeth, the TMJ and muscles and uses appropriate therapies in order to achieve optimal occlusion and oral well-being. Contact us today for an evaluation of the health of your TMJ and make sure you stay pain free!

TMD symptoms:

  • Tenderness around the joint area
  • “Clicking” when opening and closing jaw
  • Limited ability to open or close
  • Locked jaw (open or close)
  • Radiating pain from the jaw joint
  • Frequent headaches or migranes
  • Stiffness of the joint muscle
  • Changes in occlusion (the way your teeth come together)
  • Pain in the head, neck and upper shoulder area

Office Hours

Monday: 7:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday:   9:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday: 7:00am - 6:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
Saturday: By Appointment Only


Office Info

200 West 57th Street
Suite 303
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 601-2666