Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ)

Offered at our convenient location in Alexandria, VA

TMJ-alexandriaProblems in the jaw system can significantly compromise our quality of life. TMJ pain occurs when there is damage to the temporomandibular joint often caused by stress, trauma, or other injury.

If you experience the following signs or symptoms, you may be suffering from TMJ:

  • Clicking, popping, locking and / or soreness in the front of the ear
  • Sore jaw muscles
  • Headaches
  • Bite related problems
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding)
  • Sinus concerns

How is TMJ Disorder treated?

TMJ therapy often includes splints and retainers which can help correct poor bites, decreases stress at the joint level, and reduces muscle hyperactivity including clenching and grinding habits. This may be followed with bite treatment through bite adjustment (equilibration), orthodontics or restorative dentistry as needed. Physical therapy can be helpful for sore muscles, cervical neck issues, sleep position, improved posture, and self – help advice such as biofeedback. Medications for inflammation, muscle relaxation, and sleep are commonly used to relieve TMJ pain. Serious joint problems may require surgical intervention. Determining the cause and effect relationship is key to identifying the problem.

TMJ Symptoms

If TMJ Disorders are left untreated, you may experience increasing chronic pain and discomfort over time. This may include ever increasing chronic pain as well as reduced jaw mobility and inability to function normally.

What to Expect During and After TMJ Treatment

TMJ Therapy is most successful when initiated at an early stage of discomfort. This is especially true if there is minimal damage to the jaw joints. Pain associated with muscle and bite issues usually respond extremely well in a very short time.