Temporomandibular disorders, otherwise known as TMD (or TMJ), often result in symptoms like locking, clicking, or pain in the jaw. There is a high percentage of TMD cases that occur because of overuse of the jaw due to stress, anxiety, or a functional shift in the bite. TMD is often improved with orthodontics by correcting your bite, which relieves symptoms and pain associated with TMD. An occlusal splint is the most conservative way to treat these symptoms, which is a removable appliance worn at night. With extensive training and some of the most advanced equipment in the industry, Dr. Ammar is recognized as a leading TMJ Dentist in Falls Church, Fairfax, and Woodbridge, VA.
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If you reside in Falls Church, Fairfax, Woodbridge, or the surrounding areas and are suffering from persistent jaw pain or soreness, headaches, migraines, or bouts of lockjaw, we encourage you to schedule an appointment for an evaluation with Dr. Ammar. We are able to provide non-surgical TMJ and TMD solutions in many cases.
What is TMJ (aka TMD)?
TMD stands for Temporomandibular Disorder. This particularly influences complications in your jaw such as locking, clicking, and pain.
What are the symptoms of TMD?
Symptoms include a feeling of discomfort in your jaw area (e.g. popping, clicking, and locking), headache, pain running its course behind the eyes, shoulders, and back, and earaches.
What causes TMD?
It is usually triggered by overusing and excessive pressure applied on the jaw and the muscle areas surrounding it. One example is bruxism, which is the habitual involuntary grinding of the teeth.
Is TMD responsible for my headaches?
Headaches are symptoms of TMD, so yes, it can be a factor, especially if accompanied by other symptoms.
Will TMD treatment alleviate my facial pain?
Yes, it can.