Galleria Dental Aesthetics in McLean VA

What Causes TMD?

The causes of TMD are not always known. However, there is some evidence that this common disorder may be brought about or exacerbated by factors including:

  • Trauma to the jaw
  • Arthritis or disc deterioration
  • Malocclusion
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Jaw clenching
  • Stress

While the causes of TMD are not always known, symptoms such as jaw pain, migraine headaches, noises when chewing, and limited jaw movement can be clear indications of a neuromuscular disorder. These symptoms should be immediately brought to the attention of one of our Fairfax TMD dentists.

Diagnosing TMD

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms of TMD, one of our neuromuscular dentists can use advanced diagnostics to determine if misalignment is the cause. The detection of TMD may require:

  • Manual examinations
  • X-rays
  • CT Scans/MRI
  • Mytronics K7
  • Electromyography
  • Sonography

If TMD is detected, we can quickly begin TMD treatment  to help restore alignment and permanently relieve symptoms. The exact TMD treatment you require will be dependent more on the extent of misalignment than the actual cause of your disorder, but may include things such as stress reduction if jaw clenching or bruxism are identified.

If you are suffering from TMD in or around Fairfax, Virginia, please contact Galleria Dental Aesthetics today to schedule a neuromuscular dentistry evaluation.

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