Experienced Dentist in Virginia Beach Treating TMJ
Temporomandibular Disorder, or TMD, affects more than 15 percent of adults living in the United States. It is caused by arthritis, an improper bite or injury to your jaw. Your temporomandibular (jaw) joints are affected directly by TMD, which is why this condition is also referred to as TMJ. Facial nerves and jaw muscles are also affected. Symptoms include ear, head and neck aches and also a tender jaw, pain when biting, clicking, and popping or pain and difficulty when opening and closing your mouth. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you need our help. Tidewater Dental Group in Virginia Beach is a TMJ dentist, and we will give you a full exam to determine the extent of your temporomandibular disorder.
We Can Help Stop Your Jaw Pain
Diagnosis is the first step in treating your jaw discomfort. During your appointment, we will take the time to listen to your concerns, and then we will conduct a complete dental and facial exam to rule out any other issues. We may also make a cast of your bite to ensure that it is aligned properly, and, if required, we’ll take special films of your teeth and jaw to determine any underlying damage to your bones and muscles. Once we determine you have TMJ, we may prescribe an OTC pain medication, teach you relaxation techniques to help loosen your jaw and fix your misaligned teeth if that is part of the problem. The latter might include extractions and orthodontics where necessary.
Serving Norfolk, Chesapeake & Surrounding Areas
Tidewater Dental Group provides patients with TMJ treatment and bruxism treatment in the Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake areas. We are happy to talk with you about your concerns, so please call us at 757-424-1976 to schedule your appointment.