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)
- 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.