Burke, VATMJ Treatment

The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect the skull to the lower jawbone. Any damage or stress on these joints can lead to TMJ disorders. Patients with TMJ disorders often experience pain and discomfort in the jaw, face, and teeth. At Smiles by Mia, Dr. Mia and her team offer TMJ treatment to patients in Burke, VA. Treating bite disorders like TMD can restore a patient’s smile, bite function, and comfort.

TMD in Fairfax, Virginia

Signs of TMJ Disorders

Patients with temporomandibular joint disorders can experience these symptoms:

  • Orofacial pain (pain in the face and oral cavity)
  • Teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism)
  • Jaw clicking and popping
  • Chronic headaches and migraines
  • Tooth and jaw pain

Contact Smiles by Mia if you find any changes in your jaw, teeth, or face. Our professional dental team will help you find the best treatment to relieve your pain and discomfort. 

TMJ Treatment in Burke, VA

At routine appointments, we examine the smile and take dental x-rays as needed. If we find any areas of wear, or if patients have noticed TMJ symptoms, we will recommend treatment. Nightguards help patients who clench and grind their teeth at night. Bruxism, or teeth clenching and grinding, wears down the tooth enamel and often makes it difficult for patients to bite and chew comfortably. Patients with bruxism can also experience jaw pain, headaches, and jaw popping and clicking. Wearing a custom nightguard can stop damage and pain caused by TMD.

Nightguards are similar to mouthguards because they cover teeth. However, our nightguards are made of hard acrylic that covers the upper or lower teeth. Patients often clench and grind their teeth unconsciously during sleep. Wearing a nightguard during sleep prevents tooth wear and pressure on the jaw joints. 

Some patients will need to go to physical therapy and follow a soft diet for several weeks. During physical therapy, patients learn the best exercises to relieve pain in their jaw, neck, shoulders, and even arms. A soft diet also gives the jaw joints a break from hard or crunchy foods.

Contact Our Dental Office Today

Are you experiencing jaw pain, tooth wear, or morning headaches? You may have TMD. Call (571) 789-1265 or request a dental appointment on our website.