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TMJ in Arlington | TMD, TMJ mouth guard, TMJ treatment, TMJ Pain Management | jaw pain, grinding teeth, clenching teeth, facial pain, difficulty chewing, facial swelling

  1016 N. Highland Street | Suite 131
Arlington, VA 22201

Phone : (703) 566-1990
Fax : (703) 888-2891
TMJ
 

iStock_000010826377Small.jpg TMJ is the acronym for temporomandibular joint, which connects your lower jaw (the mandible) to your skull at the temporal bone. This joint controls many jaw functions, like chewing. If the chewing muscles or the joint itself are causing you pain you may have temporamandibular disorder, or TMD. TMD can be caused by stress, continual clenching of the jaw muscles, or teeth grinding.

Some of the symptoms of TMD are:

  • Pain when opening or closing mouth
  • Trouble chewing
  • Jaw becoming stuck open or shut
  • Headaches or ear pain
  • Clicking or popping sounds when opening your mouth
  • Teeth Grinding/Clenching



Many of these symptoms can often be associated with other health problems, so only a medical professional can tell you if it is due to TMD. Teeth grinding is an especially problematic symptom because it can lead to further problems. Prolonged teeth grinding, or bruxism, can cause enamel to wear off teeth and expose dentin. This material is softer than enamel and more susceptible to decay. Sensitivity to hot and cold food or drink may also develop from excessive teeth grinding.

If you suspect you may have TMD, please give our office a call to schedule a consultation. We can help diagnose you and provide relief for your symptoms. Pain relievers and hot/cold compresses are short term methods to provide relief for pain symptoms. A night guard can be used to help prevent or lessen the effects of teeth grinding at night. This can lead to a more permanent solution. In very severe cases of TMD, surgery may be required, but behavioral treatments to change the way you use your jaw muscles are usually enough to provide relief.

 

 

 
 
 
Arlington Oral Surgeon. Dr. Ali Pashapour provides TMJ, TMD, TMJ mouth guard, TMJ treatment, TMJ Pain Management to patients suffering from jaw pain, grinding teeth, clenching teeth, facial pain, difficulty chewing, facial swelling in Washington DC, Falls Church, VA, Tysons Corners, VA, Northern VA. Washington DC Oral Surgeon providing TMJ in Arlington, Virginia.

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1016 N. Highland Street | Suite 131
Arlington, VA 22201