Orthodontists located in Fredericksburg and Woodbridge, VA
Chronic jaw pain, headaches, or clicking noises when you chew could indicate temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ, TMD). To find relief from this uncomfortable condition, contact Glow Orthodontics. Led by expert orthodontist Dr. Navin Hukmani, the practice offers personalized TMJ treatment at their locations in Fredericksburg and Woodbridge, VA. Call or book an appointment online to end TMJ pain today
TMJ Q & A
What is TMJ?
Temporomandibular joint disorders are often referred to as TMJ or TMD. The temporomandibular joint connects your lower jaw to your skull, and is susceptible to stress and strain from normal movements like speaking, chewing, swallowing, and yawning.
TMJ is associated with chronic pain in the mouth, jaw, face, and neck areas. For some individuals, this pain even restricts movement, interrupts sleep, and causes recurring headaches.
What causes TMJ?
Many factors can contribute to the development of TMJ, including:
- Worn cartilage
- Misalignment of the jaw joint
- Injury or trauma
- Teeth grinding
Dr. Hukmani performs a comprehensive oral evaluation with X-rays or other diagnostic tests to determine the orthodontic component of your TMJ symptoms.
What are the symptoms of TMJ?
TMJ may cause a wide range of uncomfortable symptoms, including:
- Pain in the jaw or mouth
- Frequent headaches or neck pain
- Ringing or congestion in the ears
- Clicking or popping noises when chewing or moving the jaw
TMJ disorders can also cause locked jaw (a limited ability to open your mouth). Many individuals report that TMJ pain comes and goes, but that it may get worse during times of stress or after grinding your teeth while sleeping.
How is TMJ treated?
If you notice symptoms of TMJ, Dr. Hukmani can help you determine the correct treatment plan for your needs. Some common methods for resolving TMJ symptoms include:
- TMJ Splints: dental appliances that prevent stress, pain, and damage from teeth grinding
- ALF: an appliance that helps to create an increase in the size of the jaw
- Pain medication: anti-inflammatory medications or muscle relaxants may relieve symptoms
- Lifestyle changes: small tweaks to posture, chewing habits, or how you manage stress
In some cases, a surgical procedure or braces might also help alleviate the symptoms of TMJ. Surgery, however, generally isn’t the first recommended course of treatment.
With the right dental care, jaw-stretching exercises, and other treatment methods, you can alleviate TMJ pain and experience the relief that comes with a relaxed jaw.
Dr. Hukmani’s approach involves efficiency and individualized care, so you get the results you need in the least amount of time. To request a personalized TMJ consultation with Dr. Hukmani, call the office to schedule an appointment today.