TMJ Therapy

TMJ Therapy in Rockville, MD

Jaw Pain Reducing Treatments and Migraine Relief

Woman holds the side of her jaw in pain and could use a consultation for TMJ therapy at State of the Art Dental Group in Rockville, MD.Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD or TMJ disorder) is a condition that can cause chronic headaches, migraines, and worn/broken teeth. It can arise due to problems like:

  • Misaligned teeth
  • Chronic grinding (bruxism)
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stress
  • Popping or clicking of the joint

When not treated, TMJ disorder causes the teeth to bite together improperly. Not only does this cause accelerated wear to your tooth enamel or existing restorations, but it radiates muscle fatigue through your jaw and into the tissues throughout your face. That’s why so many people experience pain or headaches.

Managing Jaw Pain

Treating TMJ disorder effectively will depend on the cause of the condition. In some instances, we will use nonsurgical injections to relax the muscles surrounding the jaw, reducing the strain and likelihood of headaches.

In other situations, it may be appropriate to wear a bite splint or mouth guard at night. This reduces strain from clenching as you sleep, as it creates an area of buffer space between the teeth, thus relaxing the joint.

It may also be useful to correct your tooth alignment using orthodontic therapy. Doing so creates a healthy bite relationship, so that your jaw does not have to compromise its function as you bite and chew.

Schedule a TMJ Evaluation

A woman consults with her dentist, looking at an x-ray to show how TMJ is affecter the alignment of her jaw and teeth. At State of the Art Dental Group in Rockville, we work closely with an MRI radiologist to assess the anatomical structures of your jaw and surrounding structures. We also evaluate your bite, jaw function, and any pathology associated with the TMJ. Depending on the outcome of your exam, we may recommend nonsurgical injections, orthodontics, or a bite guard as long as surgery is not necessary.

Don’t let TMJ disorder or migraines get in the way when there’s an option to be pain-free day after day! Schedule a complimentary evaluation with us today. Same day appointments are available!

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