Many patients visit our office looking for assistance in resolving their jaw pain. Jaw pain can be a debilitating and distracting dental concern that affects patients’ personal and professional lives.
That’s why it’s important to us that we provide TMJ treatment services to assist patients with TMJ disorders and treat any underlying issues that could be causing jaw pain. When you visit our office, rest assured that we will do everything we can to relieve you of your TMJ symptoms and prevent them from reoccurring in the future.
It is important to know the symptoms and sign of a TMJ problem. They can vary greatly from patient to patient however there are several things to look for especially if they are persistent.
- Headaches, sinus pain
- Jaw and/or neck pain
- Ear pain, stuffiness or hearing loss
- Difficulty opening, closing the jaw
- Clicking or popping jaw
- Locked jaw
- Numbness or tingling in the arms or fingers
TMJ Treatment in Charlottesville, VA
As your trusted restorative dentist in Charlottesville, VA, Dr. Matthew Harrison has helped many patients in uncovering the cause of their jaw pain. If you experience jaw pain, tension headaches, earaches, or facial soreness, please make sure to mention this at your next dental appointment.
Most patients experience jaw pain as a result of a TMJ disorder. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions regarding our TMJ treatment options:
What is a TMJ disorder?
A TMJ disorder is any jaw pain that is associated with the temporomandibular joint of your jaw. This is the main joint in your jaw associated with daily functions like chewing or speaking.
When this joint becomes irritated or damaged, patients may experience a wide variety of symptoms including jaw pain, tension headaches, earaches, or facial soreness. TMJ disorders can be triggered by a variety of issues including teeth grinding, missing teeth, or misalignment.
What are my treatment options?
Depending on the underlying cause of your TMJ disorder, Dr. Harrison will recommend a treatment option. If your TMJ disorder is the result of consistent jaw clenching or teeth grinding, we will suggest a custom mouthguard. This dental device will hold your jaw in a healthy resting position while you sleep.
It forms a barrier to keep your teeth from grinding together and causing damage. If your jaw pain is the result of missing or misaligned teeth, Dr. Harrison may recommend a variety of restorative dentistry solutions to replace your missing teeth or Invisalign to help readjust your bite pattern.
My jaw hurts when chewing. What should I do?
If you are currently experiencing jaw pain, the best thing you can do is to schedule a dental exam with Harrison Dental Associates. We will make every effort to see you as soon as possible so that we can begin evaluating and treating your jaw pain.
Patients who experience recurring jaw pain are encouraged to reduce their consumption of overly chewy or crunchy foods while experiencing jaw pain, as this will only further irritate your jawbone. Dr. Harrison will offer treatment options after your dental exam and consultation to help you restore your oral health and reduce pain and discomfort.