Living with TMJ pain can be debilitating for a patient suffering from this condition. While the TMJ is necessary for oral function, it can become fatigued, damaged, or stressed, which leads to TMJ pain. With the help of a professional dentist, you can receive various TMJ treatment options that help to alleviate your symptoms. When you’re experiencing pain and discomfort, allow our professional team to help you to improve your jaw joint health.
What is TMJ and the Symptoms?
The TMJ is a hinge joint that connects the lower jaw directly to the skull. It also allows the lower jaw to slide forward. When the muscles, joint, or surrounding tissues become overworked or inflamed, TMJ pain may occur. Symptoms can vary, but some of the most common signs of TMJ problems include:
- Pain in the jaw, neck, face, or shoulders
- Clicking and popping in the jaw
- Frequent headaches or earaches
- Limited range of jaw movement
- Stiff/stuck jaw
- Difficulty chewing or biting
During a TMJ evaluation visit, we will listen to your symptoms regarding your jaw problem. We also can do a physical evaluation to evaluate how your jaw moves and to look for signs of wear on your teeth. A bite analysis allows us to identify if a patient has a crossbite, overbite, underbite, or open bite. This can be the cause of the TMJ pain. From there, we can provide suggestions to relieve your TMJ pain.
A mouthguard is designed specifically for each patient. It protects the teeth and keeps the jaw muscles relaxed to eliminate TMJ pain and other symptoms.
Relieve TMJ Pain With Our Professional Help
At Greenway Smiles, we are committed to offering a personalized dental experience that you can trust. Our goal is to provide superior dental care to those in Ashburn, Leesburg, Reston, and all of Greater Northern Virginia. We believe that when your teeth and gums are healthy, you are healthier over time. To schedule an appointment with a professional dentist today, call our dental office at 571-222-4243.