TMJ/TMD Treatment in Burke, Northern Virginia

TMJ/TMD Treatment in Burke, Northern Virginia

Many people who struggle with TMJ disorder, or TMD, typically also struggle with severe daily headaches and may not even understand that they have this disorder. TMD is typically characterized by the harsh grinding of teeth, or bruxism, especially during sleep. The grinding and clenching of your teeth during the night are actually easily unnoticed at first. However, after some time of struggling with TMD, the symptoms will become evident through jaw pain, severe headaches, and potentially damaged teeth.

A Brief Overview of the Terms “TMJ” and “TMD”

Many people are quickly becoming confused over the usage of either TMJ or TMD. However, the difference is quite simple, and the terms are very commonly used interchangeably. TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint, and TMD refers to any disorder involving the muscles that control that joint.

Diagnosing TMD

If you suspect that you may have TMJ disorder, you should make an appointment with NOVA Dental Anesthesia as soon as possible for a thorough examination. The dentist will be able to feel your jaw as you open and close it and listen carefully to the sound that it makes. The dentist also will observe the range of motion, press different areas around the joint, and assess the levels of pain or discomfort that you may be experiencing.
If your dentist suspects that you have a problem with your joint, x-rays may be needed in order to confirm an issue.

TMD Treatment in Northern VA

It may be possible that TMD does not require any treatment at all. This is largely because one of the main causes of TMJ disorder is severe stress. If you are able to manage your stress levels successfully, the disorder may disappear on its own. However, it is also commonly the case that TMD is persistent and severe and will not go away on its own easily. In this case, your dentist may choose to prescribe muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatories, antidepressants, or at least a mouth guard to protect your teeth while you sleep.

If you have any questions regarding TMD/TMJ Treatment, please contact NOVA Dental Anesthesia.

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