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TMJ Treatment

Smiles in Springfield

General Dentists & Implant Dentist located in Springfield, VA

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, up to 12% of the American population has a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). For those in and around Springfield, Virginia, Dr. Quang Cao Tran, DDS, of Smiles in Springfield is a valuable resource for diagnostic and treatment services. If you’re concerned about TMJ symptoms, call the office today to book a visit, or spend a few moments on the online booking page.

TMJ Treatment Q & A

What is TMJ?

You have two temporomandibular joints, one on each side of your jaw. These sliding hinge joints connect your jawbone to your skull and enable speech, eating, and yawning. 

Your temporomandibular joint is comprised of bone, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, ligaments, tendons, and other soft tissues. A problem with any of these components can interfere with normal joint function. 

TMJ can be caused by a traumatic injury, teeth grinding, teeth clenching, misaligned teeth, or even extended dental work. The exact cause of TMJ is not always clear.  

What are some signs of temporomandibular joint disorder?

Jaw pain is the most common symptom of TMJ. Some other indications could include:

  • Aching facial pain
  • Problems chewing
  • Dull, aching pain in or near your ear
  • A sensation of a locked jaw that can’t easily open or close

If you notice any of these issues, schedule a visit at Smiles in Springfield for a thorough diagnostic exam and a discussion of treatment options. 

What can be done to treat TMJ?

There are treatments to reduce or eliminate TMJ symptoms. Working with a team of skilled dental specialists is a great way to address the problem, and the Smiles in Springfield team has the training and expertise needed to help you find relief. 

One treatment option is a custom night guard. This dental appliance covers the biting surfaces of your teeth to prevent nighttime teeth grinding. More importantly, a dental guard improves your jaw alignment, which reduces pressure on the muscles and other tissues supporting your jaw. 

If your condition is exacerbated by teeth misalignment, a treatment called occlusal adjustment can help. Your specialist removes a small portion of your natural tooth tissue to improve alignment, which in turn reduces stress on your temporomandibular joint. In some cases, a special dental plastic is applied to the back teeth to “build up” this area of your bite. 

To learn more about TMJ treatments, come in for a personalized consultation. Booking a visit takes just moments online or by phone, so don’t delay.