Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (called TMD or TMJ) is a common disorder suffered by millions of Americans.
When you need a compassionate, comprehensive dentist to evaluate and treat disorders of the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ/TMD), please contact DC Smiles online or call our Alexandria VA practice directly at 703-299-4614.
Your TMJ joint is what connects your lower jaw to your head, affecting your ability to eat, speak, swallow, and breathe with proper function. If there is a problem with this joint, it can prompt a wide range of painful symptoms throughout your body.
Common Symptoms of TMD
The trouble is that most people don’t even realize they have this problem.
Chronic headaches are one of the most common symptoms of TMD. Many doctors misdiagnose these as migraines, since they share similar traits.
Other symptoms of TMD can include:
- Clicking or popping of the jaw joints
- Clenching or grinding of teeth during sleep (bruxism)
- Ringing in the ears
- Ear congestion or earaches
- Painful chewing
- Soreness on the inside of your cheeks
Many people are not aware that they grind or clench their teeth at night. Check to see if any uneven wear is visible along the surface of your teeth. This can be a clue that you are suffering from bruxism, which is a telltale sign of TMD.
Experienced Neuromuscular Dentistry
Dr. Lawrence Singer is an experienced neuromuscular dentist who has studied with some of the best minds in TMJ/TMD treatment and therapy. He understands the unique problems that come with TMJ dysfunction, and takes a scientific and conservative approach to treatment. Since TMD can be caused by several different factors, we will develop your personal treatment plan based on the specific underlying problems that are leading to your symptoms.
Orthognathic surgery, or corrective jaw surgery, is only a last resort when it comes to TMD. Depending on your needs, you may be fitted with a special orthotic device that can have you feeling better quickly without the extensive recovery time required by surgery. Our treatment methods are supported by years of research; you can trust our team of highly-regarded TMJ specialists to bring you the long-lasting relief youve been looking for.