We understand how difficult it can be to live with consistent jaw discomfort. Whether you are experiencing mild irritation or a world of pain, there are many causes and symptoms for this pesky disorder.

If you have previously seen a dentist for grinding teeth or bruxism, then you may be a candidate for TMJ treatment. We offer a variety of TMD assessments and treatment options to the area of Ashburn for your better comfort. With heavy research and high-tech equipment, our superstar dentist, Dr. Tracey Nguyen, is passionate about providing the most effective and comfortable TMJ treatments possible.

We take TMJ seriously, and we want you to be equipped with the knowledge and resources necessary to have a safe and healthy recover process. To learn more about TMJ, read on and contact us for more information.

What Exactly is TMJ?

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, and it describes the hinge that connects your upper and lower jaw. You can typically feel it beneath each ear, and it is held together by ligaments and muscles in the surrounding area.

Therefore, TMD means “temporomandibular joint disorder”, and it is much more common in the United States than we’d like it to be. The NIDCR estimates that over 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ issues, and they experience a wide variety of symptoms and irritations to jaw-related joint problems.

Dr. Tracey Nguyen is serious about providing the most accurate treatments for each and every one of her patients, which is why at Lansdowne Dental Care in Ashburn, we have the most high-tech dental services in the area. We can properly diagnose your TMJ symptoms, assess their levels of severity, and prescribe proper treatment plans accordingly.

Symptoms of TMJ

  • Jaw pain when chewing, yawning, or moving the mouth
  • The feeling of a “locked” jaw when trying to open your mouth too wide
  • A clicking or popping feeling when opening and closing the mouth
  • Facial swelling
  • Sensitive teeth and gums (in the absence of other dental issues)
  • Earaches
  • Tension headaches
  • Bite abnormalities or issues
  • Trouble breathing or blocked airways (in the absence of asthma or sleep apnea)
  • Prevalent pain and soreness in and around the jaw

Through our experiences, we’ve noticed that no two TMJ symptoms are alike. However, there is an official list of TMJ symptoms that might closely match up to what you’re experiencing with your TMD struggles. Everyone experiences TMJ pain differently – and some do not experience any pain at all.

Furthermore, there are also several causes of TMJ. You likely were not born with this disorder, but rather certain environmental factors may have contributed to its development. There are many TMD symptoms that arise out of times of stress or anxiety, whether due to academic of social pressures. The body natural clenches the teeth during times of stress and nervousness, which could ultimately lead to TMJ.

If you frequently open your mouth too wide to consume large amounts of food, or if you have poor back posture, these actions could lead to TMJ as well. You can feel the effects of TMJ throughout the entire body, along with the jaw itself.

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When TMJ is Serious

Dr. Nancey Nguyen and her Ashburn team at Lansdowne Dental Care always take TMJ seriously, but some patient cases are more severe than others. Many patients live with TMJ symptoms on a daily basis without receiving proper care or treatment. If you are unsure about whether or not your TMJ requires serious action, our experienced team has designed a scale of categories from most common/mild to most severe. There are three major categories of TMJ disorders that are commonly accepted in the dental community. Check out the following information to see where you fall:

Myofascial pain: This is one of the more common and mild types of TMJ disorders that involves pain or discomfort in the jaw muscles. The muscles surrounding the jaw hinge can become sore or swollen if TMJ symptoms are present.

Internal derangement: This occurs when there is a severe injury to the condyle, which is the control function of the temporomandibular joint. Internal derangement can also occur from a displaced disc or with any history of jaw dislocation. This can cause serous pain or discomfort and should be treated right away.

Arthritis: Arthritis in the jaw may occur when you are experience inflammation or degenerative symptoms. This can cause the entire area to swell up and cause extreme pain. It will also cause your jaw to stiffen, and you will be unable to move it properly. Arthritis can affect the temporomandibular joint and should be treated as soon as possible.

Does TMJ Go Away?

Fortunately, with the proper treatments and care by your Ashburn professionals, your TMJ symptoms can eventually go away. We have a wide variety of TMJ treatments available to address TMJ in all conditions and forms.

A variety of in-office treatments, supplemented by recommended at-home treatment practices can help to relieve you of the pain, irritation, and tightness you may be experiencing with your TMD. Dr. Tracey Nguyen and her staff will equip you with the tools and resources necessary to re-train your jaw and relieve that long-standing pain.

Can TMJ Be Cured?

Most cases of TMJ can be healed through proper treatments and state-of-the-art dental services, such as the ones we provide at Lansdowne Dental Care. While there is no official statement on whether or not a cure for TMD exists, there are plenty of ways to get rid of the pain and help your jaw recover from whatever symptoms it may face.

TMJ curative procedures range anywhere from pain medications and at-home exercises to aggressive surgeries. Fortunately, a grand majority of TMJ patients do not require invasive or irreversible procedures to be done. This is a fact that we consider highly when you schedule an appointment with us in Ashburn.

Schedule a TMJ Treatment

At Lansdowne Dental Care in Ashburn, treating your TMJ is our top priority. Dr. Tracey Nguyen is constantly researching the best and most effective ways to heal the temporomandibular joint. If you believe that you or a loved one may have TMD, you can schedule an appointment with us right away. Simply visit us online or give us a call at (703) 723-7810 for more information. We look forward to taking care of your dental needs!

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