TMJ Treatment

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint disorder. The symptoms of TMJ include pain in the neck, head, and jaw, which can be confusing when you begin to consider who you should be visiting for treatment. Fortunately, your dentist at Chantilly Dental Arts Center can help!

Our dentist near you can diagnose TMJ disorder and start treating the underlying conditions contributing to it to restore your oral health.

What is TMJ?

TMJ and TMD are acronyms that are used to describe the same condition. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is on the jaw’s side, in front of the ear. When these joints fail to function or connect properly, it is referred to as TMJ or TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder).

Inflammation in this area can be caused by

  • Injury to the jaw or joint
  • Stress-related to chewing or grinding your teeth
  • A bad bite or other inconsistencies across the surfaces in your mouth

Symptoms can include general tension, ringing ears, dizziness, neck pain, chronic headaches (including migraines), and popping or clicking sounds when you open and close your mouth.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s time to find TMJ treatment near you.

How is TMJ Diagnosed and Treated?

Your dentist in Chantilly, Virginia, can quickly and accurately diagnose your TMJ in the office. Correctly diagnosing TMJ is a process that includes an in-depth examination and consultation to discuss what you may have recently experienced that would have caused it.

A more in-depth look is given to your jaw and temporomandibular joints’ physical characteristics during the examination process. In particular, we will look at how your jaw and muscles move and may palpate the joints while doing so.

X-rays are then used to better understand what is going on beneath the surface. Once these tests are performed, your dentist can start on your TMJ treatment in Chantilly, Virginia.

Treatment can include the temporary use of mouthguards or other oral appliances to help retrain the muscles while also offering support. Sometimes crowns can be applied to correct a bad bite that may be causing the disorder.

Your dentist at Chantilly Dental Arts Center can accurately diagnose and create a specific TMJ treatment plan for you and your needs.

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