Do you experience pain at the “hinge” of your jaw? Do you often having a problem with clenching or grinding your teeth?

TMJ can be an irritating, painful, and exhausting disorder to live with. Our Lansdowne Dental Care team members in Leesburg can help you understand your TMJ and bruxism symptoms. While it may be difficult to live with jaw pain, you can be comforted knowing that you are not alone.

Dr. Tracey Nguyen is a leading dentist in the nation, and one of the best in the industry. Her specialized methods for treating TMJ can help you to understand the causes, symptoms, effects, and curative options available at your disposal. She takes the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ very seriously, which is why she offers some of the most high-tech dental services available in the Leesburg area.

By visiting us, you can better understand your TMJ pain and work towards a cure that will relieve you of any discomfort.

What Causes TMJ?

TMJ is short for temporomandibular joint, and TMD stands for “temporomandibular joint disorder”. This disorder is classified as any pain, discomfort, or abnormality in the hinge of the jaw. This is the hinge that sits just below the ear, and connects the upper and lower jaw bones together.

TMD can be caused by pain or looseness in the ligaments, muscles, or the bone itself. Since it is a unique structure, there are a lot of sensitivities connected to it. The most common cause of TMJ/TMD is due to bruxism, which is the heavy grinding and clenching of the teeth. This can cause the TMJ to become sore, fractured, or torn. This can cause a slew of dental health issues, including inflammation, misaligned teeth, breathing issues, and more.

TMJ/TMD Symptoms

While there are a number of common and core symptoms for TMJ, everybody’s TMD diagnoses are different. No two TMJ symptoms are alike, and people can experience this disorder in a variety of ways.
Here are some of the more proficient and telling symptoms of TMJ:

  • Soreness or pain in the jaw
  • Pain in the jaw joint that is most prevalent in mornings or evenings
  • A clicking or popping sensation when opening and closing your mouth
  • Mouth swelling
  • Earaches
  • Headaches
  • A locked jaw when yawning or trying to open the mouth wide
  • Changes in bite shape and structure

While there are many causes and symptoms of TMJ, Dr. Tracey Nguyen will typically accept or refute a TMJ claim based on whether or not a patient has a dull temporomandibular joint ache. This is the most common effect of TMJ, and it typically persists without ever going away.

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Is TMJ Serious?

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, over 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ symptoms and diagnoses. Each patient faces varying degrees of seriousness over their TMD pain and discomfort.

While TMD is typically something that most people can live with, it can become serious if it starts to majorly effect oral and overall medical health. While some patients think TMJ can be passed off as a simple yet consistent annoyance, it really is a serious dental concern that should be assessed in order to figure out if further treatment is needed.

At Lansdowne Dental Care, we’ve broken down the categories of TMJ seriousness in three ways, which can help you better understand where you fall on the scale of concern:

    • Myofascial discomfort: This is the most common, and also the mildest, form of TMJ pain. While it can still affect the muscles and the movement of the jaw, it really only revolves around muscular pain. If the muscles around your jaw joint are sore, but you do not display any further issues with the ligaments or teeth themselves, you may be in this category. This can be treated easily by our Lansdowne Dental Care professionals and your comfort can be achieved.
    • Internal pain: You may fall under this TMJ category if you have a displaced disc in the jaw joint. Or, if you have suffered a jaw injury, your jaw may be misaligned. This will affect the way the hinge of the jaw feels, which can cause some major pain and serious health concerns.
    • Arthritic pain: When serious derangement and degenerative conditions are established in the temporomandibular joint, you may be suffering from symptoms of arthritis. This is a serious issue that can cause inflammation all throughout the jaw, causing severe pain when left untreated.

Will TMJ/TMD Ever Go Away?

TMJ pain can be lessened or eradicated completely with proper treatments and care. We offer a variety of technologically advanced services in Leesburg to help you get the most out of your TMD treatment.

Fortunately, with the right kind of treatment and pain relief practices, your TMJ symptoms can go away on their own. Whether you face a mild form of TMD, or your TMJ symptoms require heavy treatments, there are plenty of curative options that our Leesburg professionals can provide.

Is TMJ Curable?

Fortunately, the majority of patients do not require aggressive or invasive treatments. Most of our treatments are painless, preventative, and reversible. Because of this, there are a variety of ways to achieve a cure for TMJ.

Along with our in-office TMJ treatments, there are a variety of at-home treatments you can implement into your daily routine, which will supplement the professional treatments given to you by Dr. Tracey Nguyen.

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      • Eat soft foods, and avoid hard food such as candies or crunchy bars.
      • Apply ice backs to the TMJ area, or where you are experiencing the most pain or inflammation.
      • Implement relaxation techniques to reduce stress and strain on the jaw.
      • Take prescribed pain medications.

Call For A TMJ Consultation With Us Today!

At Lansdowne Dental Care in Leesburg, our professionals are serious about treating any and all types of TMD. If you are experiencing discomfort in the jaw, and you are looking to provide well-deserved relief for your pain, Dr. Tracey Nguyen and her team are here to help! Feel free to contact us at any time on our website, or give us a call at (703) 723-7810 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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