TMJ Dysfunction and Treatment

Teeth Grinding Rockville MD Are you dealing with frequent headaches, jaw pain, or earaches?

You may want to be evaluated for TMJ disorder. Patients who suffer from TMJ (temporomandibular joint) dysfunction experience painful clicking or popping in the jaw joint when they chew or talk. There is no specific cause for TMJ, but patients may exhibit symptoms that indicate damage or misalignment to the jaw joint. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Arthritis
  • Dislocation or injury to the jaw
  • Stress and tooth grinding
  • Tooth and jaw alignment

TMJ Dysfunction Treatment Options

TMJ dysfunction treatment depends on the patient’s symptoms and medical condition. Dr. Sarkarzadeh or Dr. Farzin will develop a customized treatment plan according to your diagnosis. TMJ dysfunction treatment options may include:

  • Night guards
  • Oral sleep appliance therapy
  • Splint therapy

Oral sleep appliance therapy is the most effective option for treating TMJ dysfunction. It is also the least invasive. During sleep, the appliance holds the jaw in place and prevents tooth grinding. The jaw joint and muscles are able to relax. It will also prevent tooth grinding and protect the teeth from becoming worn, chipped or broken.

Because the appliances are custom made, they ensure precise results. Custom made oral sleep appliances help to reposition the jaw, prevent tooth grinding and stop the pain caused by TMJ.

Treatment for Less Severe Cases of TMJ

Not all cases of TMJ dysfunction are severe enough for customized appliances. There are things you can do to help alleviate the pain such as:

  • Avoiding hard candies and chewing gum
  • Eating softer foods
  • Taking anti-inflammatory and pain medications (acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen)
  • Applying warm compresses to the affected areas
  • Avoiding stress

Schedule An Appointment

If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, contact Congressional Dental today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ali Sarkarzadeh or Dr. Sina Farzin to diagnose your condition and discuss treatment options.