Do you experience popping of the jaw joint when you eat or speak? Has your jaw locked up at night and caused pain and discomfort? Do you suffer from chronic headaches and migraines? Patients who experience these issues may be dealing with a neuromuscular condition known as TMD.
What is TMD?
TMD is an acronym for temporomandibular joint disorder. Sometimes called TMJ, which is the jaw joint, this condition can cause pain and discomfort for those who have a dysfunction in the bones and muscles of the jaw. TMD is a chronic condition that can cause long-term issues for patients. With the help of a dental professional at Galleria Dental Aesthetics, patients can obtain quality care and seek relief without the use of daily pain medications.
Not every dentist has experience with neuromuscular concerns such as TMD, which is why it is incredibly important for these patients diagnosed with the condition to seek treatment with a professional that does. The dentists of Galleria Dental Aesthetics can evaluate a patient and speak to individuals about their symptoms to determine if TMD is a problem that requires attention. In many cases, patients will benefit from neuromuscular treatments such as oral appliance therapy. This is accomplished by patients by using a specialized mouth guard that patients wear to help keep the jaw aligned and reduce pressure and tension that can contribute to many of the symptoms patients experience. Patients who have TMD may often have other co-occurring conditions such as bruxism. This is a condition that causes patients to clench and grind their teeth. This is concerning as it can contribute to problems with TMD while also damaging the natural teeth and dental restorations that may be in place. During an evaluation, patients will be asked questions about their dental health and will be examined to determine if oral appliance therapy is a viable solution.
Book an appointment with Galleria Dental Aesthetics today
Call the office at (703) 448-1020 and speak to our team about the options available for the treatment and management of TMJ/TMD concerns. We are conveniently located in Suite 120 at 1600 Tysons Boulevard. Our professionals believe in providing excellent dental care with a caring and comforting environment.