At Galleria Dental Aesthetics, Dr. Chong Lee and his team are committed to providing the best possible care for patients of McLean, VA. This includes neuromuscular dentistry, which is provided with our team. A common condition that impacts many of our patients is that of TMJ/TMD. The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is the joint that allows us to eat and speak. It opens and closes the jaw, but if it begins to malfunction, it can cause a host of problems that patients will need to get an evaluation for to decide the best possible treatment.
What re the symptoms of TMJ/TMD?
There are a range of symptoms that may occur in patients who have a malfunctioning temporomandibular joint. Below are just a few of the problems that a patient might experience. If you are noticing any of these symptoms, it may be time to book an evaluation with a dentist to get a definitive diagnosis and discuss effective treatment options:
- Clicking and popping of the jaw joint
- Locking of the jaw joint
- Pain and discomfort radiating from the ears down through the shoulders
- Chronic headaches/migraines
- Clenching and grinding of the teeth
Ways of treating TMJ/TMD
Patients who visit Dr. Chong Lee and are interested in learning about ways of managing their condition will want to learn about the various options available. At Galleria Dental Aesthetics, we may try a variety of treatments for a single patient to find the one that works best for their unique situation. We welcome patients to ask about any of the follow therapies to address TMJ/TMD pain and discomfort:
- Orthotic device use
- Heat and ice therapy
- Dental work
- Medications, prescription or over-the-counter
- Relaxation and stress management techniques
- Jaw exercises including massage and stretching
- Orthodontics for teeth realignment
- Surgery, only if needed
Call Galleria Dental Aesthetics today
Whether you are concerned about TMJ or are seeking cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Chong Lee and his team can help! Call (703) 448-1020 to request a consultation visit with our staff to find out more about all we have to offer at our state-of-the-art facility located at 1600 Tysons Boulevard, Suite #120 in McLean, Virginia.