TMJ is an abbreviation for temporomandibular joint disorders. Your temporomandibular joints are located on either side of your face and attach your lower jaw to your skull. They act as hinges and give you the ability to open and close your mouth.
Unfortunately, issues with these joints can occur. Temporomandibular joint disorders tend to cause:
If you experience possible symptoms of TMJ, you should book a visit at Perfect Smiles of Reston for an evaluation with Dr. Darvishian. She examines your teeth and jaw using X-ray imaging and may press on the joints or feel your jaw to locate areas of damage or inflammation.
Then, she recommends TMJ treatment.
A number of treatments for TMJ can be effective in reducing pain and helping you move your jaw more comfortably. At Perfect Smiles of Reston, Dr. Darvishian chooses one or more ways to help you manage your condition and find relief. TMJ treatment may involve:
Occlusal appliances, or night guards, are devices you wear in your mouth overnight. Since nighttime teeth grinding is a common cause or contributor to TMJ, putting a stop to that habit with a night guard offers long-term relief.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and muscle relaxants are two of several medication options that might provide some relief from your TMJ symptoms.
Dr. Darvishian can teach you techniques of stretching and massaging your jaw to ease pressure on the joints.
In very serious cases of TMJ, Dr. Darvishian might refer you to a specialist for TMJ surgery.
TMJ symptoms tend to appear temporarily and usually respond well to home care and gentle treatments from your dentist. You might not even have to book an appointment before your symptoms go away on their own.
If you come to Perfect Smiles of Reston for TMJ treatment, you can expect lasting relief. Dr. Darvishian gets to the root of the problem and decides which treatment or treatments will be most effective for you in the long term.
If your TMJ is related to teeth grinding, she finds a solution that addresses the underlying habit so you can enjoy permanent results.
To schedule a consultation for TMJ treatment, reserve an appointment over the phone or online at Perfect Smiles of Reston today.