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TMJ Treatment Arlington, VA

TMJ Treatment An Overview

If you are experiencing regular headaches, chronic jaw pain, or uncomfortable chewing, you may be exhibiting signs of a TMJ disorder. TMJ, also known as the temporomandibular joint, is responsible for connecting the upper and lower jaw to the skull. Maintaining a functional TMJ is essential to helping you bite and chew without discomfort. When the TMJ is dysfunctional or damaged, patients can experience painful and uncomfortable symptoms that may affect their quality of life.

Westover Dentistry offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment for those dealing with TMJ disorder and other related bite disorders. We work with patients on a one-on-one basis to evaluate their dental needs, alleviate their symptoms, and prevent further damage.

If you are experiencing painful or uncomfortable symptoms that could be related to a TMJ disorder, visit our Arlington dentist office for a thorough evaluation. Dr. Hazim Sadeddin and our team can work with you to build a comprehensive treatment plan that is tailored to your unique needs.

Common Signs of TMJ

Patients may experience a bite problem or TMJ disorder for various reasons. Dental trauma, malocclusion, teeth grinding or clenching, or stress can all lead to muscle tension and dysfunction in the TMJ. This can lead to chronic jaw pain as well as pain in the face, neck, and shoulders. Patients may also experience other common signs of a TMJ disorder, including:

  • Reoccurring headaches
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Worn teeth
  • Cracked or fractured teeth
  • Teeth grinding and jaw clenching
  • Ear pain
  • Feelings of tension in the face, neck, shoulders, and upper back

TMJ Treatment What to Expect

TMJ Treatment

The goal of TMJ treatment is to alleviate your symptoms, restore function to the jaw, and prevent further damage. We will evaluate your dental health and recommend the most appropriate solution for you. At Westover Dentistry we offer comprehensive solutions for TMJ treatment.

Depending on the needs of the patient, we may recommend one or more these solutions.

  • Mouthguards/ Nightguards: A custom designed night guard is similar to a mouthguard. Typically worn at night, a night guard can relieve jaw tension, gently reposition the teeth and minimize teeth grinding and clenching.
  • Restorative Dentistry: Teeth that have been chipped, cracked, or worn can be restored using restorative treatments like dental bonding, dental crowns, or veneers.
  • Orthodontics: If crooked teeth or malocclusion have led to dysfunction in the TMJ, it is best treated with orthodontics. We offer Invisalign to help straighten crooked teeth.