TMJ and TMD disorders can sometimes be hard to diagnose, but its symptoms are common and often frustrating to deal with. Many patients unfortunately suffer from TMJ symptoms for a long duration of their lives without seeking help. Our dentists and TMJ specialists in the city of Rockville can help you determine if your symptoms check out and if you are a candidate for TMJ treatment.
Common TMJ and TMD Symptoms
The most common symptoms of TMJ are recorded as extreme jaw pain and discomfort, usually accompanied by limited jaw mobility, facial pain, dull headaches, earaches, worn teeth, and more. Grinding of the teeth is a habit commonly found in patients with TMJ, and this habit can cause excessive damage to the jaw, oral nerves, and the teeth themselves. If left untreated, the damage caused by TMJ and TMD can become permanent. While these symptoms can be experienced mildly, more severe symptoms reported by our TMJ specialists include limited jaw mobility, the inability to chew certain foods, and the locking of the jaw. Tooth decay, permanent jaw misalignment, and nutritional deficiencies may occur. If you experience any of these symptoms, you may be a candidate for TMJ treatment.
Our TMJ Specialist’s Treatment Options
Through the advancement of orthodontics, several TMJ and TMD disorder treatments are available. Our dentists can rest your jaw joints to relieve any pain or muscle tightness. Along with medical treatment, dentists often teach stress management techniques as well as mouth muscle exercises to relieve tension, calm pain, and reset the brain from forming stressful bad habits. Appliances such as mouth guards can stop your teeth from damaging themselves during grinding overnight, relieving more tension from the jaw joints. Splint therapy is also available, where handcrafted splints are made to relieve pressure from the joints and reset their functionality.
Schedule Your TMJ Consultation Today
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is likely that you are a good candidate for TMJ treatment. TMJ and TMD disorders can worsen over time, and lasting effects can be permanent if left untreated. Schedule an appointment at our Rockville Dental Arts office or give us a call at 301-424-2030 to find out more information about TMJ symptoms and available treatments. Act now to improve your oral health and relieve pressure that you may have been experiencing for years. Take the necessary steps towards living a more comfortable life.