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Galleria Dental | McLean VA

TMJ/Neuromuscular Dentistry

Northern Virginia, including Arlington, Tysons Corner, Alexandria, Fairfax, and McLean, Virginia Neuromuscular Dentist

TMJ disorders can cause a variety of painful symptoms. If you believe you are experiencing symptoms that signal TMJ, the condition must be diagnosed by an experienced neuromuscular dentist. Your symptoms could be caused by something else, and it’s important to identify the cause in order to effectively treat the pain.

WHAT IS NEUROMUSCULAR DENTISTRY?

Neuromuscular dentistry is the science dealing with disorders in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The TMJ is the joint in which your upper temporal bone connects with the mandible, or “jaw bone.” The flexible, elastic, “articulate disk,” floats between the temporal bone and lower jaw and acts as a cushion to promote optimal jaw joint function for instance the up-and-down and side-to-side movement of the jaw.

TMJ disorders can cause a variety of painful symptoms. If you believe you are experiencing symptoms that signal TMJ, the condition must be diagnosed by an experienced neuromuscular dentist. Your symptoms could be caused by something else, and it’s important to identify the cause in order to effectively treat the pain.

wHAT IS TMD?

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is caused by a malaligned bite. When your teeth do not match up correctly, over time, your TMJ will weaken and wear. The result is often painful and can interfere with such basic functions as eating, speaking, and even yawning. TMD can easily go undetected for a number of years and because of the pain associated with this disorder, your life can be affected in a number of ways. That is why learning how our cosmetic dentist cures TMD/TMJ can be so healing.

THE SYMPTOMS OF TMJ

The signs of TMJ can be any combination of the following:

  • Frequent migraine-like headaches
  • Jaw pain
  • Tooth pain
  • Jaw clicking when you chew or speak
  • Momentary locked jaw position
  • Neck, shoulder and back pain
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Facial swelling

These symptoms may recur over and over again, and you may have difficulty concentrating, socializing and generally getting by day-to-day while living with the pain. The right diagnosis and treatment can alleviate these symptoms and get back a lifestyle without the constant TMJ pain.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, our dentists can determine whether jaw joint misalignment, a bad bite, teeth grinding or another dental issue is the cause. To the extent these symptoms cause discomfort and pain, they can be debilitating. TMJ treatment can reduce or eliminate the symptoms.

TREATING JAW PAIN

Treatment for jaw pain may include both immediate and long-term solutions. Dr. Lee uses state-of-the-art dental technology such as the Myotronics K7 and a TENS unit which, combined, can relieve muscle pain by relaxing your jaw, and provide Dr. Lee with precise details about your jaw alignment, allowing him to customize a long-term treatment option.

Long-term TMJ treatment may include orthotics, dental restorations, and medications in combination with stress management, jaw exercises, and other therapies. The TMJ treatment options best suited to treat your jaw pain will be dependent on several factors unique to your particular condition, and determined during your neuromuscular evaluation.

DETECTING TMD/TMJ

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Temporomandibular joint disorder mclean va | tmj arlington va

If you have sought relief from the constant pain, you may have been diagnosed with migraines or had your symptoms dismissed as temporary. Because the symptoms of TMJ can be simply generalized pain, it may not have been clear to a physician that the cause originates from your temporomandibular joints.

We use two methods to detect TMD and determine the appropriate solution: a TENS unit and the Myotronics K7. No one method of detection is best suited to every patient. We are pleased to be able to offer you options in every aspect of your dental care.

A TENS unit sends mild, electrical pulses into the muscles surrounding your jaw. This allows your jaw to fully relax so we can best determine its optimal position. In addition, the TENS unit was specifically designed to block pain signals from reaching your brain and can provide several hours of relief from the discomfort associated with TMD.

The Myotronics K7 is a state-of-the-art, entirely noninvasive advancement in detecting TMD. Using small sensors to track jaw movement, the Myotronics K7 provides us with a three-dimensional representation of your jaw positioning. This machine is lightweight, extremely effective, and allows you to move your head, and even talk during the process.

I used to get really bad headaches, which Dr. Lee figured out were from clenching my teeth. He told me about neuromuscular dentistry and explained how a full mouth reconstruction could help with my pain and give me a more attractive smile. I had never really been unhappy with the way my smile looked, but after the procedure I couldn’t’ believe the difference in my appearance. My new smile is beautiful and so natural looking. Dr. Lee even reshaped my gums, which were always too obvious before. I tell my friends to think about having their smile done before getting a facelift or anything like that. People don’t realize how important their teeth really are. – Joan

TREATMENT OF TMJ/TMD

The treatment of TMJ will be dependent upon how severe your symptoms are, but in most cases, the focus is to restore a comfortable bite.This treatment can range from stretches to alleviate the inflammation and pain in the jaw bone to dental orthotics, and even surgery in some cases. The goal is to realign the TMJ joint that connects your jawbone to your skull and help lessen the symptoms you are experiencing.

Our team may fit you for an orthotic that can help prevent you from tooth grinding or may simply help to relax your jaw. TMJ treatment may also include dental fillings, implants, or fillings because dental problems may be causing the jaw pain. Our team may also prescribe jaw exercises or medications, and only surgery when absolutely necessary.

Galleria Dental Aesthetics listens to every patient’s concerns and symptoms to determine the most appropriate treatment that will best suit each patient’s individual needs. We use a variety of dental procedures to raise or lower your jaw into its correct and most relaxed position. In many cases, these procedures can be completed within a few short weeks, providing relief from pain, and removing the threat of additional problems that TMD, left untreated, can cause.

HOW OUR COSMETIC DENTIST CURES TMJ/TMD

With TMD/TMJ, you may have difficulty chewing, may experience clicking of your teeth or jaw popping, may have swelling, persistent headaches, or painful nerve inflammation.

Dr. Lee and Dr. Oh, are LVI trained neuromuscular dentists who are committed to helping patients have a better quality of life through proper TMD/TMJ treatment. Call 703.448.1020 for your initial appointment.

If you come into our office with any of the symptoms mentioned above, there are a number of approaches we can take to get you the pain relief and treatment you desire. We offer a range of diagnostic tools and examination procedures to alleviate your symptoms.

Our diagnostic tools include:

  • Sonography
  • Electromyography
  • X-rays
  • CT scanning
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Head and neck examinations
  • Oral examinations to determine bite alignment and proper jaw range of motion
  • Myotronics K7 – a tool which identifies your optimal jaw positioning

Once you have received the proper diagnosis, we can guide you to the right treatment plan to cure your TMD/TMJ pain.

TMJ RELIEF WITH DENTAL PROCEDURES

One option for many TMD sufferers is to have a custom mouth guard made to realign your teeth and bite. At other times, there are specific dental procedures which can help our patients regain proper alignment.

Unevenness in your bite, missing teeth, and even decaying teeth can cause dental stress which leads to a negative impact on your temporomandibular joint. Dental procedures which may relieve TMJ pain can include:

No matter how severe your condition is our Northern Virginia TMJ dentists are highly trained in finding the exact treatment plan to correct your symptoms and condition conclusively.

WHAT HAPPENS IF TMJ IS LEFT UNTREATED?

When TMJ is left untreated, it can result in a number of serious problems. In addition to chronic jaw pain, TMJ can eventually lead to tooth loss, headaches, postural changes, digestive issues, and a host of other dental and systemic concerns.

The best way to prevent these problems and achieve comfort in your jaw is with TMJ treatment. Dr. Lee can discuss this with you in more detail during your neuromuscular dentistry evaluation.

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As experienced TMJ dentists in Northern Virginia, the dentists at Galleria Dental Aesthetics know the causes and diagnosis of TMJ. Using advanced technology, we can find out whether a problem related to your jaw joints is causing your symptoms. Then, we can develop an effective treatment plan for you.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of TMD/TMJ in Northern Virginia, around Arlington, Fairfax, or McLean, Virginia, please contact our neuromuscular dentists at Galleria Dental Aesthetics right away to schedule your comprehensive consultation. Located in Arlington, we serve all of Northern Virginia and the surrounding area.

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