Treating Neuromuscular Conditions such as TMJ/TMD with Oral Appliance Therapy
- Posted on: Sep 30 2018
Drs. Chong Lee, Joseph Oh, Kirsten Lee, and Judy Kwon are dentists at Galleria Dental Aesthetics who welcome patients into their practice with dental concerns. Patients who have pain and discomfort in the jaw joint may be struggling with an undiagnosed condition known as TMJ/TMD.
What is TMJ?
TMJ is an acronym for “temporomandibular joint.” This is the jaw joint that hinges the upper and lower jaw together. However, it can become dysfunctional and can result in pain, clicking, and locking. Chronic problems with this joint may be diagnosed as TMD, or “temporomandibular joint disorder.” Whatever the diagnosis, our team of professionals at Galleria Dental Aesthetics can help patients in finding relief from the pain and nuisance of this neuromuscular condition with the use of oral appliance therapy.
What is oral appliance therapy?
The best way to describe oral appliance therapy is the use of a specialized mouth guard made specifically to realign the jaw and the dental arch to reduce problems experienced when patients have conditions such as TMJ or TMD. This is the best, non-invaisve way of addressing the issue that is available today. Patients with mild to moderate TMJ or TMD may find oral appliance therapy to be an effective approach and solution to their needs. However, when patients have been diagnosed with more severe cases, they may be a better candidate for treatments that provide permanent relief such as surgery of the jaw joint.
Is oral appliance therapy right for you?
Find out more about the use of oral appliances as a treatment for the symptoms of TMJ/TMD with the team at Galleria Dental Aesthetics. Our professionals are here to help patient in achieving better oral health and wellness while also treating conditions that may negatively impact their quality of life. If you have been diagnosed with TMJ or TMD and are seeking a noninvasive solution to the condition, we welcome you to call our office to ask about oral appliance therapy. We are located at 1600 Tysons Boulevard, Suite #120 in McLean, VA and can be reached by phone for an appointment at (703) 448-1020.
Posted in: TMJ/Neuromuscular Dentistry