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.


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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Dear Patient,
We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and we are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

As you may have noticed during your visits to our office, infection control has always been a top priority. Our infection control processes are designed so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We would like to take a moment to tell you about the infection control procedures we employ to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows the infection control recommendations put forth by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We monitor all updates to stay abreast of new rulings or guidelines that are issued. This ensures our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations. Due to these updated guidelines you will see our staff wearing extra protective equipment including gowns and gloves. The ADA has advised all offices to use dental code D1999 to report the excess cost of PPE. Our office will submit code D1999 and charge a flat $10 to cover the excess cost. If your insurance does not reimburse this added cost of PPE, the $10 charge will be applied to your account.

We have made some changes around the office to help protect our patients and staff. These changes include:

  • A new Patient Screening Form to ask questions regarding COVID-19. This will be done over the phone and when you arrive in the office.
  • We ask you to kindly call us from your car when you arrive to see if your room is ready. Please do not enter the office unless our staff confirms this with you. We are limiting the number of patients in the office and must clean rooms thoroughly before another patient may enter.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available when you enter and you will be asked to sanitize your hands. You will also find bottles available throughout the office. Please use these often to maintain clean hands.
  • Your temperature will be taken when you first arrive at the office.
  • If you are over the age of 10, you will be required to pre-rinse with 1% hydrogen peroxide
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys, and other items that are difficult or impossible to disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. This may mean different time options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area.

These steps are being taken to keep you safe in our office. We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have. To make an appointment, please call our office at (757)484-4197 or visit our contact page.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.