TMJ Treatment An Overview
Dr. Datta Malyavantham of Ridgetop Dental in Reston, VA offers comprehensive treatment options for patients suffering from TMJ Disorders, headaches, jaw pain and other TMJ related problems. Dr. Malyavantham and his associates at Ridgetop Dental can work with you to analyze the function of your entire occlusal system (teeth, gums and jaw joints) for more accurate diagnosis and treatment planning to restore oral health and alleviate your pain or discomfort.
The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the joint that acts like a sliding hinge because it connects your jawbone to your skull. This joint is present on both sides of your jaw and is responsible for the opening and closing of the mouth. TMJ disorder, or TMD, is a term for a wide variety of potential issues affecting the jaw joint, muscles in the face, neck, and surrounding nerves. TMJ disorder can cause some people a lot of pain in their jaw joints and the surrounding muscles.
Causes of TMJ Disorder
There is no single cause for TMJ dysfunction. Any number of factors or combination of factors may be to blame. Dr. Malyavantham has seen the following causes of TMJ in his Reston, VA dentist office:
- Trauma to the head, neck, or face
- Trauma to the TMJ joint
- Arthritis in the TMJ joint
- Hormonal imbalances or changes
- When the jaws do not line up correctly resulting in bite problems
The symptoms of TMJ disorder vary greatly from patient to patient. TMJ symptoms often mask themselves or are similar to those of other medical conditions, making diagnosis extremely difficult. TMJ pain can make daily living extremely hard. It’s important for you to seek care from Dr. Malyavantham if you have any of these symptoms and especially if they are persistent.
- Frequent headaches or migraine headaches
- Shoulder, neck, facial, or jaw pain
- Clicking or popping when opening or closing jaw
- Locked jaw or limited mobility in the jaw joint
- Teeth clenching, teeth grinding, often accompanied by worn, chipped or broken teeth
- Pain around the ears or earaches
- Teeth grinding
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TMJ Treatment What to Expect
TMJ Treatment In Reston, VA
TMJ disorders can be very complex which is why there is no one way to correct the problem. After a comprehensive oral examination, Dr. Datta will make a diagnosis and treatment plan. Treatment options will depend on the severity of your dental concern, possible tooth damage and an assessment of your overall lifestyle. It could take one or several treatments to correct the instability and repair any damage to teeth or gums. Our goal is to treat TMJ by gently and naturally bringing the head, neck, jaw and bite into proper alignment.
Mouth guard/Splint therapy: in the absence of an underlying dental problem and to prevent teeth grinding, a custom mouth guard or dental splint is used to reposition the jaw.
Restorative Dentistry: if teeth are damaged, worn or not making proper contact, bite equilibration can be performed using restorative dentistry treatments such as dental crowns and tooth bonding.
Orthodontics: to resolve bite problems resulting from malocclusion, we may recommend orthodontic treatment to straighten your smile and relieve jaw tension. Dr. Datta is a Reston, VA Invisalign® provider and offers clear braces for mild to moderate concerns.
Reduce stress: sometimes TMJ pain can relieved with a lifestyle change to reduce stress that could be triggering teeth grinding and jaw clenching.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are concerned that you may have a bite problem or TMJ disorder, schedule an appointment with Dr. Datta. He will provide a thorough evaluation of your bite function and overall dental health condition. He will then be able to offer the proper TMJ treatment in Reston, VA, Sterling, VA and northern Virginia.