Treatment for TMJ and TMD


Patients who are unaware they have TMJ or TMD may be suffering from chronic head pain or neck pain that can be treated. TMD is an extremely complex disorder that affects the temporomandibular joints that are located in the jaw. This area of the skull affects how a patient chews, yawns, and moves their jaw while talking as well. Daily tasks can become unbearable as the pain could severely make things difficult every day.

If you have been diagnosed with TMJ or TMD (temporomandibular disorders) than you may be a candidate to be treated skillfully and promptly with simple dental solutions.

Dr. Tracey Nguyen of Lansdowne Dental Care takes TMJ/TMD cases very seriously and offers high tech dental solutions for the uncomfortable symptoms related to this disorder. Although it is still difficult to determine what causes TMJ/TMD, it is almost always an issue that affects the muscles or the joint itself. Other causes can be linked to injury, bruxism (also known as tooth grinding), arthritis, stress, and problems with the fluid cushion within the joint can all cause problems, including pain and discomfort.

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  • I had a great experience! Office was high tech and Dr. Nguyen was very gentle.

    Jennifer S.
  • Everyone was professional and courteous. I recommend this dentist.
     
    Great service!
  • When I went in for my check-up, everyone was really friendly and helpful! The cleaning was painless and offered advice on ways to keep my teeth healthy between appointments. I have found my new dentist!

    Friendly Staff
  • Great experience. Was seen on time. Had two cavities filled and out within one hour. Friendly and efficient staff.

    Anthony R.
  • I always enjoy coming to the office and Lindsay is especially friendly and nice to work with.

    David P.
  • All in the office are very professional, friendly and caring.
     
    William H.
  • Yes, I would have rather have been going to a spa but then I wouldn't have had my teeth taken care of in such a professional way. The whole experience was perfect!

    Carolyn Y.
  • Once again, Lansdowne Dental Care provided another pain-free low no anxiety experience. Thanks!

    Elmer R.

What is the Difference Between TMD & TMJ?


TMD or temporomandibular disorder is the actual condition that causes patients to feel the related symptoms listed above. TMD and TMJ are used interchangeably at times, although they are referring to the same disorder. When someone says TMJ or temporomandibular joint, this person is specifically talking about the joint that causes this pain. While there isn’t a cure for this disorder, the symptoms can be treated to help alleviate the pain associated with them.

The cause of this disorder can be due to the below:

Misaligned joints caused by an injury to the face or jaw bone area
Arthritis that is aimed at the TMJ
The act of grinding teeth during sleep hours or anxious hours of the day
High-stress levels that lead to facial clenching
Much more

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What Are Common TMD/TMJ Symptoms?


When you visit Lansdowne Dental Care’s office in Lansdowne, VA, Dr. Nguyen will expertly assess your symptoms using the latest technologies. If you have pain that resembles the ones listed above, our dentists can care for you and alleviate your pain with oral devices. If you have problems opening the mouth, have trouble with your jaw locking and unlocking, hear bizarre popping noises, swelling around the jaw, ringing in the ears and more. These issues are typically always related to TMJ/TMD. Dr. Nguyen and the team at Lansdowne dental Care will quickly, comfortably, and efficiently diagnose your condition.

Once the condition has been diagnosed, treatment options will be explored. Luckily, there are practical treatments that can aid in the pain for these patients.

The Lansdowne Dental Care Center is proud to boast new technology advances such as the Planmeca ProMax 3D Max x-ray machine. With this machine, a 3-D image of your skull can identify the source of your TMJ/TMD. With this advancement, the team will be able to diagnose which symptoms can be treated and to get you on the path to recovery.

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  • I had a great experience! Office was high tech and Dr. Nguyen was very gentle.

    Jennifer S.
  • Everyone was professional and courteous. I recommend this dentist.
     
    Great service!
  • When I went in for my check-up, everyone was really friendly and helpful! The cleaning was painless and offered advice on ways to keep my teeth healthy between appointments. I have found my new dentist!

    Friendly Staff
  • Great experience. Was seen on time. Had two cavities filled and out within one hour. Friendly and efficient staff.

    Anthony R.
  • I always enjoy coming to the office and Lindsay is especially friendly and nice to work with.

    David P.
  • All in the office are very professional, friendly and caring.
     
    William H.
  • Yes, I would have rather have been going to a spa but then I wouldn't have had my teeth taken care of in such a professional way. The whole experience was perfect!

    Carolyn Y.
  • Once again, Lansdowne Dental Care provided another pain-free low no anxiety experience. Thanks!

    Elmer R.

How Do You Know If You Have TMD/TMJ?


If you have any of the above symptoms, you could be suffering from TMD. You should give your physician a call to schedule an appointment immediately to be diagnosed officially. You can even make an appointment with our Dental Care Office to be diagnosed by our Dr. Nguyen. TMD can be challenging to diagnose. The diagnosis can be due to the symptoms present as sometimes the diagnosis can’t be seen through x-rays. The great deal of pain that comes along with the disorder can be frustrating to deal with. The team of dentists at Lansdowne are committed to ensuring your pain is treated and alleviated as much as possible.

How Can TMD/TMJ Be treated?


Many patients who have this disorder assume the only treatment is with a CPAP machine. A CPAP machine is a positive airway pressure machine that brings respiratory ventilation for patients with sleep apnea. The symptoms of your disorder will be analyzed in order to find the right treatment.

Orthodontic Treatment

Braces are typically used for younger patients. The use of orthodontics allows the ability for the dentist to shift the alignment of jawbones and teeth around for a perfect alignment. The braces allow for the slow movement of the teeth to widen certain areas to allow for more airway flow.

Cosmetic Dentistry

The use of dental crowns, implants or bridges can help align teeth and the jaw better. The alignment of these things can allow for better airflow and therefore, a better sleep.

Botox Therapy

Dentists can administer Botox as a therapeutic treatment to ease the pain that a patient may feel with TMD. This type of therapy reduces some fibers in the facial muscles that could feel less painful. The Botox can also numb the needed areas for some time.

Custom Night Guards

Custom night guards are among the most recommended solutions for TMD/TMJ. A perfectly tailored mouth guard, created by the Lansdowne dental care center’s lab will allow for a better nights sleep. The mouth-piece will hold your tongue forward and help the alignment of your jaw to allow the flow of air. Patients like this option as it can be removed in the morning without the need for any form of commitment. Patients can wake up feeling well-rested and energized for the day ahead!

If you are wondering just which options are best for you, book a visit with Dr. Nguyen. Do not let the pain of TMD affect your daily life. Take the time to visit our office for the option to treat The symptoms. Give us a call today at 703-750- 8185, or use our online contact form and a member of our staff will respond promptly.