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TMJ Treatment in Suffolk, VA

Temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly known as TMD, has a number of different symptoms as well as causes. Because of the uniqueness of each case, it’s important to visit a professional to get an accurate diagnosis and personalized solution. At Riverfront Dentistry, we have a number of treatment options available that can give you relief, including occlusal adjustments, occlusal splints, nightguards, and other appliances.

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Signs of TMJ/TMD

TMD can present itself in a variety of ways. Common signs of the disorder include tenderness in your jaw, headaches, pain around the ear, pain when chewing or yawning, difficulty opening and closing your mouth, and clicking or popping noises when you open your mouth. If you have one or more of these and suspect that you might be suffering with TMD, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Elgohary.

TMJ/TMD FAQ

What exactly is the temporomandibular joint?

Your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ for short, is the hinge just in front of your ear that connects your jaw to your skull. There is one on each side of your jaw. This joint is what allows your jaw to move forward, backward, and side-to-side.

What causes TMD?

The main cause of TMD is when there is excessive strain on your temporomandibular joint. Some of the known ways this can occur include jaw injuries, grinding or clenching your teeth, arthritis, genetics, and a misaligned bite.

How do you diagnose TMD?

Dr. Elgohary will review your medical history, go over your symptoms, and perform a physical exam. During this exam, he will look to see if there are any concerns in your teeth, check your bite, and examine your jaw movement. We may also take X-rays or call for additional tests.

Does TMJ treatment require surgery?

Not all TMD cases require surgery. In fact, most do not! There are a variety of more conservative therapies available to try first, from simple lifestyle changes to custom oral appliances. We’ll need to go over your unique case to decide which treatment option will be most effective for you.

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