TMJ

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Bethesda Chevy Chase Dental Care

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Bethesda, MD

Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ or TMD) affect 5-12% of the population in the United States, with women outpacing men by as much as 2 to 1. If you’re experiencing pain and discomfort due to a TMJ disorder, the experienced and knowledgeable team at Bethesda Chevy Chase Dental Care can bring you much-needed relief. For a customized solution that puts an end to your TMJ disorder, call the Bethesda, Maryland, dental center or use the easy online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.

TMJ Q & A

What is a TMJ disorder?

On either side of your jaw are two small joints called your temporomandibular joints. While small, these joints connect your lower jaw to your skull and provide a wide range of movement, allowing you to chew and speak.

A TMJ disorder is characterized by jaw and facial pain that’s caused by a misalignment of your jaw joint, which can develop on the heels of:

  • Degenerative arthritis in the joints
  • Trauma or injury to your joints
  • A structural issue
  • Erosion in the disc inside your TMJ joints
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)

As you can see, nearly any condition that affects how your joints function can lead to a TMJ disorder.

What are the symptoms of a TMJ disorder?

The hallmark of a TMJ disorder is pain and tenderness around your joints, which can radiate out over your face. Because of the placement of your TMJs, you could feel pain around your ears as well as generalized facial and neck pain.

This pain can come and go, flaring when you use your jaw, making chewing difficult. You might also experience a clicking or locking in your joints. In rare cases, you could experience dizziness.

How are TMJ disorders treated?

The first order of business when it comes to TMJ disorders is to have one of the dentists at Bethesda Chevy Chase Dental Care thoroughly evaluate your condition using advanced imaging to take a closer look inside.

Because of the many conditions that can lead to TMJ pain, it’s important to identify the root cause of the problem so that your dentist can design the best treatment for your unique situation.

In most cases, your dentist starts out conservatively and fits you with a mouthguard that can help you find relief. The mouthguard is custom-designed to fit your mouth and should help relieve the pain by encouraging better alignment in your jaw.

Should a mouthguard fail to solve your problem, the team at Bethesda Chevy Chase Dental Care could recommend surgery to place an implant or repair or replace your TMJs.

If you want to find relief from nagging TMJ pain, call Bethesda Chevy Chase Dental Care or request an appointment using the convenient online scheduling tool.