TMJ

Just For Your Smile

Cosmetic Dentists & Prosthodontists located in Tysons Corner, Vienna, VA & Potomac Village, Potomac, MD

Whether it’s the headaches or the jaw pain, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder can get you down, and you might be unsure of what to do next. The expert dentists at Just For Your Smile have solutions for TMJ at their two offices in Tysons Corner in Vienna, Virginia, and Potomac Village in Potomac, Maryland. The dental experts know that TMJ isn’t just a painful jaw, but often involves neck pain, headaches, and frustrating symptoms. Thankfully, Just For Your Smile is the place to go for quality care for TMJ. Book online or over the phone today.

TMJ Q & A

What is TMJ?

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is a medical condition involving problems with your temporomandibular joint — the jaw hinge joint connecting your jaw to your skull bones. This important joint enables you to chew your food, move your jaw, talk, and yawn.

What causes TMJ?

The cause of TMJ isn’t always definitive. The condition might be linked to muscle or jawbone complications as a result of several factors, including:

  • Injury, accident, or trauma to your jaw, head, or neck (like whiplash)
  • Inflammation from certain medical conditions
  • Arthritis

Stress might also play a role and tighten the facial and jaw muscles as you grind your teeth or clench your jaws.

TMJ can lead to serious complications, including bone damage and bone death, tumors in the jaw area, and scar tissue.

What are the symptoms of TMJ?

In addition to soreness, discomfort, and moderate to severe pain in your jaw area, you might also have other symptoms of TMJ, such as:

  • Popping, clicking, or grating sounds when you move your jaw hinge joint
  • Tenderness and pain in the hinge joint
  • Toothaches
  • Headaches and earaches
  • Dizziness
  • Facial swelling around your jaw
  • Tenderness and pain in the neck, ears, and shoulders
  • Locked jaw
  • Trouble chewing
  • Difficulty hearing and tinnitus

You might also have difficulty when you try to open your mouth wide.

How is TMJ treated?

TMJ can affect the alignment of the joints in your lower jaw. Your dentist at Just For Your Smile performs a thorough examination of your jaw movements and symptoms and might recommend X-rays or a CT scan to produce detailed images of your jaw joints.

Just For Your Smile provides effective treatments for TMJ, such as:

  • Manual jaw exercises and jaw manipulation
  • Healthy lifestyle changes, such as nutrition tips
  • Custom orthopedic mouthguards, nightguards, and occlusal splints
  • Certain medications, such as anti-inflammatories
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS) machine 
  • Equilibration and occlusal adjustments

Your dentist might also recommend dental work, which typically involves replacing missing teeth, and dental treatments like bridges, crowns, or braces designed to correct your bite, protect your oral health, balance your biting surfaces, and enhance your smile.

If TMJ is putting your dental health at risk and causing headaches, jaw pain, and other bothersome symptoms, Just For Your Smile has solutions. Book over the phone or online today.