Modern dentistry expands its reach beyond teeth to your total health. Advances in the science of complete dentistry have taught us how to bring the jaw into a relaxed position to help alleviate years of pain and discomfort. Neuromuscular dentistry uses the relaxed position of the muscles of the head and neck to place the jaw into an optimal physiologic position. Twenty-five years of research and clinical experience have shown this position to be effective in treating patients with head and neck pain.
Temporomandibular joint disease (also known as TMD or TMJ) affects 75 million people at any one time. It is a chronic degenerative disease that may take years to develop. People who suffer from TMD have a structural imbalance in their jaw-to-skull relationship, caused by a Pad bite. This disease causes the following:
- Alteration of the temporomandibular joint’s position due to excessive pressure on the joint and surrounding tissues.
- The jaw to twist into a strained position. This further affects the muscles in the face, back, neck and shoulders.
- Headaches or migraines
- Unexplained loose teeth
- Worn, chipped or cracked teeth
- Cracked, chipped or broken dental restorations
- Pain or soreness around the jaw joints
- Pain in teeth that seems to move around
- Neck, shoulder or back pain
- Clicking or grating sounds in the jaw joints
- Limited movement or locking jaw
- Numbness in your fingers and arms
- Congestion or stuffiness of the ears
- Facial pain
Temporomandibular joint syndrome is an uncomfortable and painful disorder which can affect your nerves and muscles in your jaw. TMJ might affect only one side of your face or both sides and can be temporary or last for much longer. There are many different symptoms you might be experiencing if you have TMJ. The symptoms of TMJ include:
- Tenderness and pain in your jaw
- Tinnitus or ringing in your ears
- Difficulty opening your mouth
- Difficulty chewing
- Locking of your jaw
- Swelling on the side of the face
- Headaches and dizziness
If you feel that you might be suffering from TMJ, our knowledgeable staff might be able to help you. We have been serving as Northern Virginia since 1993 and have helped many patients with a variety of dental problems. Contact us today at (703) 349-0183 to learn more about how we can help your TMJ!