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TMJ Treatment in Leesburg, VA

TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, occurs when patients clench or grind their teeth, usually at night. This puts pressure on the temporomandibular joints, which connect the jawbone to the skull. This continual pressure can cause pain in the face, jaw, and ears, as well as damage the teeth and jawbone. If this sounds familiar to you, our team would love to create a treatment plan to help. Contact our office today to schedule your next visit.

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How can I tell if I have TMJ disorder?

TMJ is typically characterized by pain and soreness in and around the jaw, but there are a variety of symptoms that can be attributed to TMD/TMJ. Some common TMJ symptoms include:

  • Jaw Pain and Soreness
  • Headaches or Earaches
  • Difficulty Chewing or Opening Mouth
  • Jaw Clicking or Popping
  • Facial Pain

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How is TMJ treated?

TMJ pain can be relieved by practicing physical therapy exercises, which can help to stretch and relax the muscles in and around the jaw. Over-the-counter pain medication and ice packs can also help. In severe cases, surgery is sometimes required. If you deal with TMJ on a regular basis, however, we highly recommend investing in a custom mouthguard. Mouthguards for TMJ will not only help to prevent the teeth from clenching and grinding as much at night, but they will also protect your teeth from damaging each other.

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Can TMJ go away on its own?

Some patients only experience TMJ during times of heightened stress and anxiety and their symptoms dissipate once things calm down again. For others, TMJ is a regular struggle that affects their lives on a daily or almost daily basis. If you experience TMJ symptoms regularly or even semi-regularly, we strongly advise you to seek treatment. Untreated TMJ can cause great damage to the teeth and jaw. Our team would be more than happy to find a TMJ treatment plan that will relieve your TMJ symptoms and protect your smile.

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