TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction / TMD
If you live with jaw pain you could be suffering from TMJ dysfunction, which can be debilitating and impact your quality of life. The temporomandibular joint is the only ball and hinges joint in your skull. The most unique in the body; because its two joints contained in one. When the TMJ connects the jaw to the skull and functions incorrectly it can cause many uncomfortable symptoms, ranging from headaches, head or neck and shoulder pain to a ringing sensation in the ears along with vertigo. TMD can be caused by several issues such as trauma to the joint, arthritis, improper alignment of the teeth (malocclusion or bad bite), clenching or grinding your teeth or bruxism.
Many people notice clicking or popping when they try to open the mouth to eat or chew, or report that their mouth feels like it gets stuck open or locked into one position. This can be scary and make a patient avoid certain foods or not eat as well as they possibly could. The teeth can also become sore or loose from the excessive force placed upon them. We take TMJ Dysfunction seriously at Aesthetic dentistry of Fairfax and want to offer our patients the best possible treatment options to help correct TMJ disorders.
Dr. Mostafa Aboulkhair is knowledgeable and passionate about treating patients suffering from pain induced by the unknown. He is currently in his fellowship at LVI Global (A prestigious post-graduate dental learning institution) in Neuromuscular Dentistry which embraces the knowledge to focus on the alignment of the jaw, the head, neck, and shoulders along with restoring the patients bite into a happy resting position. Often times this is done with either orthodontics or an oral mouth Orthotic, either fixed or removable.These custom-fit orthotics will reposition the jaw reducing the strain and wear placed on the teeth and the symptoms of TMJ dysfunction will disappear.
Another solution to correct TMJ dysfunction that is often recommended and allows the patient the ability to not only correct the pain from TMJ and realignment of the jaw but also gives you a chance to change the overall appearance of your face and smile is full mouth reconstruction or rejuvenation.
When the jaw does not function as it is intended, and you are in pain it can have a negative impact on your quality of life. Although it may seem like you have very limited options, Dr.Mostafa Aboukhair is here to provide you with the knowledge and best possible treatment plan options available in dentistry today. If you are ready to stop living with TMJ pain contact us today at 703-218-8142 and schedule a consultation.