For many men and women, chronic headaches and persistent pain in the jaw, neck, and shoulders is a daily reality. Pain relievers only work temporarily, and the constant discomfort interferes with their professional and social lives. Fortunately, the highly-trained doctors at Avanti Dentistry in Tysons Corner, VA offer a lasting solution for patients suffering from TMJ disorder, a common condition that can cause further damage if left untreated.
The Importance of TMD Therapy
Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD, is a condition that affects the joints just in front of and below your ears: the intricate, delicate structure that allows your jaw to open, close, and move freely from side to side. When a patient suffers from a disorder of these joints, the results can be incredibly painful and damaging to nearby ligaments and nerves, as well as to the teeth. Common symptoms of TMJ disorder include the following:
- Pain and/or ringing in the ears
- An aching jaw
- Sore muscles in the face, neck, shoulders, or back
- Worn down teeth (when paired with bruxism)
- A clicking sound when opening or closing the mouth accompanied by pain
- Diminished mobility of the jaw
- Swelling in one or both sides of the face in the jaw area
In order to eliminate the excess tension on the joints, muscles, nerves, and ligaments of the TMJ area, our doctors can provide you with a customized mouthguard that you’ll sleep with at night. Additional treatments may be necessary and vary from case to case.
Find Effective Treatment for TMJ Disorder
If you suspect that you or someone in your family may be suffering from pain associated with TMJ disorder, please don’t hesitate to contact our office today to schedule your consultation with our dentists. We’ll be happy to sit down with you and discuss your symptoms, as well as perform a thorough assessment of your jaw, teeth, and the muscles that are directly affected by TMD. Our practice in Tysons Corner, VA also serves patients from throughout nearby neighborhoods in Washington, D.C., McLean, Arlington, Fairfax, Vienna, and more.