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Galleria Dental | McLean VA

Migraines & TMJ/TMD

Alexandria, Tysons Corner and communities near Northern Virginia Neuromuscular Dentistry

Temporomandibular joint disorder mclean va | tmj arlington va
Temporomandibular joint disorder mclean va | tmj arlington va

Headaches, particularly migraines, can be debilitating. Neuromuscular dentists Dr. Chong Lee and Dr. Joseph Oh earned their rating as best dentists in Northern Virginia by offering exceptional care in treating temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), a known cause of headaches often misdiagnosed as migraines. As a patient of Galleria Dental Aesthetics, you can be confident that these Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) trained cosmetic and neuromuscular dentists offer you the highest quality care possible. In fact, Dr. Lee is a clinical instructor for LVI.

HOW TMD CAUSES HEADACHES

When your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is in proper alignment, your jaw will function painlessly. But when something causes the jaw joint to become misaligned, injured or inflamed, you can experience a variety of uncomfortable effects. Even stress can take its toll on your jaw. Headaches that mimic migraines are among the most painful of these effects. They are difficult to diagnose, but when caused by TMD and treated correctly, you can expect recovery.

DIAGNOSING TMD

When your temporomandibular joint is out of alignment or inflammation interferes with its ability to function you can experience pain that causes the muscles of your jaw, face, head and neck to tighten. Medical doctors often diagnose this pain as migraine headaches. When medical treatment fails to relieve your headaches, neuromuscular dentists know that TMD is often the cause.

Using state-of-the-art technology, our neuromuscular dentists pinpoint the causes of TMD and design a treatment plan that will alleviate the causes of your discomfort, not just the symptoms. Through a combination of medical and dental exams of your head, neck, jaw, teeth, bite and a full oral exam with diagnostics, such as imaging, we can determine whether your jaw is in its optimal position, and if not, what treatments would realign it most effectively.

TREATING TMD

The Alexandria and Tysons Corner dentists at Galleria Dental Aesthetics offer several TMD treatments based upon your diagnostic results. Our goal is to reposition your jaw to regain its optimal ability to function.

Treatment might require orthotics, orthodontics, dental work, therapeutic exercises, medication, thermal therapy, or even surgery. Our TMJ/TMD treatment page discusses the options in greater detail.

If you are seeking treatment for TMD/TMJ migraines in the Alexandria, Tysons Corner or the Northern Virginia area, please contact our neuromuscular dentists, Dr. Chong Lee or Dr. Joseph Oh, for exceptional Virginia neuromuscular dentistry at Galleria Dental Aesthetics in Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia.

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