At Mark Jefferies Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we recommend treatments designed to address your needs, improve your oral wellness, and enhance the aesthetic of your smile. With our tailored treatment plans, you can rest assured that your oral health is in good hands. We only recommend the best dental solutions for you so that you can feel confident about your smile. We have everything you and your family need for optimal dental health, including dental implants to TMJ treatment.
Please schedule a consultation with us today to see how we can help you achieve optimal oral health.
November is TMJ Treatment Awareness Month!
This November, we’re raising awareness for TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction. TMJ is a common but often misunderstood condition. By informing patients about its symptoms and treatments, we will help get as many people as possible to find relief.
What is TMJ?
TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joints, the two hinges connecting your jaw to your skull. If you place your fingers just in front of your ears and open your mouth, you can feel these joints at work.
TMJ can refer to any problem affecting these joints, but most commonly, it refers to a condition called Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD). TMD occurs when the muscles and ligaments surrounding the TMJs become tight and inflamed, causing pain and stiffness in the jaw. TMD can also cause clicking or popping sounds when you move your jaw, and even migraines and earaches.
What Causes TMD?
Several factors can contribute to TMD, including stress, teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism), misalignment of the teeth or jaws (malocclusion), arthritis, and injury to the head or neck. In many cases, it is a combination of these factors.
How is TMD Treated?
Fortunately, there are several effective treatments for TMD. These include home remedies and professional treatments such as:
Ice packs can help to reduce inflammation and provide relief from symptoms. Simply apply an ice pack to the side of your face for 15-20 minutes several times a day. Try using heat packs or massaging the muscles around your jaw.
Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers
Over-the-counter pain relievers are a standard treatment for TMD. They can help to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. The most commonly used pain relievers for TMD are ibuprofen and aspirin, but other options include naproxen and acetaminophen. If over-the-counter pain relievers do not provide sufficient relief, prescription medications may be necessary. However, speaking with Dr. Jefferies before starting any new medicines is crucial, as some medications can worsen TMD symptoms.
Orthodontic Treatment to Correct Misalignments
Many people don’t realize that orthodontic treatment can do more than improve the appearance of your smile. In fact, orthodontic treatment can also be used to treat many different medical conditions, including TMD. Orthodontic treatment can correct misalignments in the teeth and jaws that may be causing or exacerbating TMJ symptoms. In some cases, orthodontic treatment may be the only treatment necessary to relieve TMJ symptoms.
Physical therapy can be an effective way to stretch and strengthen the muscles around the TMJs. This can help to relieve pain and improve jaw function. Our team can help you with jaw and head exercises to improve your range of motion and muscle relaxation techniques.
If you are suffering from TMD, the first step is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jefferies. He and his team can diagnose TMD based on a physical examination and review of your medical history. From there, he will develop a personalized treatment plan to get you on the road to recovery. In addition, we can guide how to avoid activities that may aggravate your symptoms.
TMJ Treatment in Herndon, Virginia
Don’t suffer in silence this November—if you think you may be suffering from TMJ/TMD, contact us today! We’ll work with you to develop a customized treatment plan so you can start feeling better ASAP.