Dentist in Manassas Provides TMJ Therapy
If you are suffering from jaw pain, relief is in sight. Your dentist in Manassas can treat a popping, clicking, painful jaw! At Galleria Dental Arts, we are pleased to offer TMJ therapy to help patients find relief from temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMD. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about what causes jaw pain -- and how we can make it go away.
How Does TMD Develop?
Millions of people suffer from TMD in the United States, and most sufferers are adults. This painful condition can occur as a result of facial trauma (like a blow to the face) that injures the jaw, but the most common reasons for jaw pain are stress and/or a misaligned bite. When the upper and lower jaw do not fit together properly, your mouth makes small adjustments every time it opens and closes. Over time, that equals a lot of stress on the jaw joint.
Nighttime teeth grinding is likely to occur alongside TMD symptoms. Also known as bruxism, teeth grinding and jaw clenching result in significant wear and tear on the teeth.
How Is TMD Diagnosed?
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of TMD, do not hesitate to reach out to your dentist for a diagnosis. The warning signs of this jaw problem include:
- Hearing/feeling a click or pop when you open and close your mouth
- Jaw pain, especially after talking a lot, singing loud, or eating tough/chewy foods
- The sensation of lockjaw
- Difficulty opening or closing the mouth
- Chronic migraines or headaches
- Ear and neck pain
When you schedule a consultation for jaw pain at our office, we will thoroughly discuss your symptoms and whether or not you have found any sort of relief for the pain on your own. We will then closely examine your teeth for signs of wear and use special equipment to evaluate how your jaw functions upon opening and closing.
If we do reach a diagnosis for TMD, that’s actually great news -- it means relief is on the way!
What Is the Treatment for TMD?
Do not delay treatment for TMD. aw pain will likely only worsen over time. And when ignored, the associated teeth grinding can really wear away at the tooth enamel, increasing the risk of decay and tooth loss. J
If your jaw pain is caused by a dental misalignment, we may recommend orthodontic treatment to reduce strain on the TMJ. A removable oral appliance worn while you sleep at night can realign the jaw while also reducing the damaging effects of nighttime teeth grinding.
You may want to combine professional treatment for TMD alongside some natural methods for reducing jaw pain. These include:
- Placing a warm compress on the jaw before you go to bed at night
- Stopping habits like nail biting and gum chewing
- Reducing stress with exercise, meditation, yoga, and/or talk therapy
Whatever treatment is right for you, you can feel confident knowing you’ve got a team of experts on your side!
Schedule an Appointment Today
Are you suffering from chronic jaw pain or nighttime teeth grinding? Then do not hesitate to get in touch with our office. The Galleria Dental Arts team is waiting to help you find relief! Request an appointment today.