If you are experiencing chronic headaches, jaw pain, and other TMJ symptoms, then a dental orthotic device may be the right way to alleviate TMJ-related pain. A dental orthotic device is similar to a mouth guard. It is a customized dental appliance designed to treat the source of the TMJ pain, which may be caused by:
- An uneven or misaligned bite
- Grinding your teeth while you sleep
- Muscle strain caused by misaligned jaws
The orthotic device fits over your teeth and can protect your teeth from nighttime grinding. Or, it can be used to align the temporomandibular joints and reduce strain to the surrounding nerves and muscles. The device can also reposition the way your jaws and teeth come together to reduce TMJ and muscular strain.
To find out if a dental orthotic device is the right TMJ treatment for your symptoms, you must visit an experienced dentist for an exam. Our dentists can determine the cause of your symptoms and whether an orthotic device can treat the cause of your pain. There may be other treatments better suited to your pain, and we are committed to finding the right treatment for you.
For TMJ diagnosis and treatment near Fairfax, please contact Galleria Dental Aesthetics to schedule a consultation.