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TMJ/TMD Treatment

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts as a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. Disorders related to this joint, commonly referred to as TMJ disorders or TMD, can cause pain in the jaw joint and the muscles controlling jaw movement. At our dental office in Burke, VA or Chevy Chase, MD, we offer specialized treatments to alleviate the discomfort and complications associated with TMD.

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Understanding TMD

TMD can arise from various factors, including genetics, arthritis, or jaw injury. Some individuals may experience pain and dysfunction without a clear cause. Common symptoms include:

  • Pain or tenderness in the jaw

  • Aching pain around the ear

  • Difficulty or discomfort while chewing

  • Locking of the joint, making it hard to open or close the mouth

  • Clicking sound or grating sensation when opening the mouth or chewing

Relief and Treatment Options

Our dedicated team in Burke, VA or Chevy Chase, MD offers a range of treatments tailored to the severity and cause of the TMD. Options include pain relievers, muscle relaxants, oral splints or mouthguards, and physical therapy. In rare cases, surgical or other medical procedures might be recommended.

Prioritizing Your Jaw Health

TMD can significantly impact daily life, from speaking to eating. Trust our dental office in Burke, VA or Chevy Chase, MD to provide expert care, ensuring you can speak, chew, and smile without discomfort.

Potential Causes and Risk Factors

While the precise cause of an individual's TMD may be challenging to determine, several factors can contribute:

  • Physical Stress : Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can put pressure on the TMJ.

  • Joint Arthritis : Degenerative joint diseases can affect the temporomandibular joint.

  • Jaw Trauma : Injuries to the jaw can lead to TMD.

  • Disk Erosion : The soft cushion between the ball and socket of the TMJ can erode or move out of alignment.

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