in Lansdowne, VA
TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, occurs when patients subconsciously clench their teeth during the night, placing pressure on the two joints that connect the jawbone to the skull. This continuous pressure can cause a great amount of pain and negatively affect the patient’s everyday life. If you believe you may have TMJ, we recommend scheduling a visit with our team as soon as possible. Dr. Abtahi can review your symptoms and help you determine the best solution for your unique situation.Contact Us
What are the symptoms of TMJ?
TMJ is often characterized by pain and soreness in and around the jaw, but there are other symptoms that can be attributed to chronic teeth clenching. Common TMJ symptoms include:
- Jaw Pain, Soreness & Stiffness
- Face or Ear Pain
- Jaw Clicking, Popping, or Cracking
- Difficulty or Pain While Chewing
- Difficulty or Inability to Open Mouth Wide
Does TMJ go away on its own?
For many patients, TMJ occurs mainly during times of heightened stress and anxiety, and it goes away when things calm down again. For others, TMJ is a chronic condition that occurs regularly regardless of what is happening in the patient’s life. If your TMJ symptoms occur on a regular or semi-regular basis, seeking treatment is advisable, as jaw clenching can cause irreversible consequences. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to dental issues like TMJ, and our team would be happy to go over your concerns and treatment options with you.
How is TMJ treated?
If your TMJ is triggered by stress, removing or reducing the cause of your stress can eliminate your TMJ symptoms. There are also jaw exercises that you can practice to relax your muscles and relieve tension and tightness. Our practice creates custom mouthguards for TMJ, which can protect the teeth from harming each other and reduce the pressure that is placed on your temporomandibular joints. The custom fit ensures that the mouthguard will be comfortable to wear for many hours at a time, and the durable material will help it to last for many years.
Need to schedule a consultation with a TMJ dentist in Lansdowne? Contact our office today, and we will be happy to assist.Contact Us