TMJ TherapyAn Overview
If you suffer from frequent headaches, have difficulty chewing or experience chronic jaw pain, you may be showing signs of a bite disorder referred to as TMJ. This chronic pain condition occurs when the health of the temporomandibular joint is compromised. The temporomandibular joint connects the jaw, and the skull and an imbalance or trauma to the joint can cause it to malfunction leading to painful symptoms and tension.
Manassas family dentist, Dr. Nadder Hassan, provides bite analysis and jaw alignment screening during regular dental health exams. Manassas Smiles helps patients to diagnose and treat the cause of their TMJ disorder to alleviate painful symptoms. Addressing the cause of TMJ is imperative to prevent further damage to the teeth and gums.
Common Signs of TMJ
TMJ can be painful and may interfere with a patients daily life. If you recognize any of the below symptoms, let Dr. Hassan know the next time you visit our Manassas dentist office.
- Frequent headaches
- Ear pain or feeling of fullness
- Jaw pain or discomfort
- Difficulty chewing properly
- Worn or damaged teeth
- Teeth grinding and jaw clenching
TMJ In Children & Adults
For many patients, habitual teeth grinding is the cause of TMJ pain. Children and adult patients may grind their teeth while they sleep making it difficult to diagnose. If you notice your partner, or your child grinding their teeth, let Dr. Hassan know.
Teeth grinding can lead to headaches, TMJ, and excessively worn or broken teeth. Early diagnosis of teeth grinding can allow for early intervention and treatment to prevent damage to the oral cavity. Dr. Hassan offers custom-fit oral sleep appliances to avoid nightly bruxism for children and adult patients.
Stunningly kind staff. Not just the dental assistants, but the dentist AND every one of the front desk staff. Kind of a human anomaly really. They know your name when you walk in the door and even cared enough to recall who my daughter was on her recent visit. We…Stephen K.
I've come here three times, twice for routine cleaning and once for Filling repair (fillings I had done at another office were not done correctly). What can I say this office is amazing. I used to HATE going to the dentist. But the staff, front to back in Dr. Hassan's…Jon
I have visited this office several times and each time was a pleasant experience. The front desk is very courteous and greets you by name and with a smile. The hygienist are wonderful and Dr. Hassan really knows his stuff. His in depth explanation of the procedures are not technical…Rob B.
Dr. Hassan is professional, courteous, considerate and a remarkable dentist. Dr. Hassan and the staff make you feel welcome, calm and treats you as if you are their only patient.Theresa H.
Dr. Hassan and Dr. Mena are fantastic. 100% professional and kind. The staff is perhaps the most optimistic staff I have ever encountered. I didn't even know I had a crack in a tooth and Dr. Mena put a crown on it. So happy I found them.Christy W.
TMJ Therapy What to Expect
To determine the appropriate treatment for your TMJ dental health concerns, Dr. HAssan will thoroughly examine and analyze the jaw alignment and function. Your oral health, dental concerns, and goals will also be taken into consideration when building out a treatment plan to restore your oral health.
TMJ Treatment Options
Dr. Hassan offers options for treating TMJ. Treatment will vary depending on the cause of the jaw pain.
- Oral Sleep Appliance: a custom fit oral sleep appliance is commonly used as a conservative treatment for preventing teeth grinding and subsequent damage to the jaw joint. Patients who grind their teeth often find almost overnight relief once they start wearing their custom fit night-guard.
- Restorative dentistry: TMJ can be caused by an uneven bite. Restorative dentistry may be able to even out the bite relieve stress from the jaw.
- Invisalign: For some patients, crooked teeth or malocclusion may cause TMJ pain. Dr. Hassan is a Manassas, VA Invisalign provider and offers this convenient treatment option when appropriate.