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Is it stress or TMJ? | Dr. Rafat, Baltimore

TMJ syndrome, or temporomandibular joint syndrome, is a common cause of undiagnosed frequent headaches, jaw and ear pain. Frequently caused by an imbalance in the bite, TMJ has a variety of signs and symptoms, including:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Pain around ears
  • Pain in jaw, tooth, face, neck or shoulders
  • Clicking or popping in the jaw
  • Locked jaw or inability to open mouth (with or without pain) in the normal range of motion
  • Teeth grinding
  • Ringing in the ears, or a sensation of fullness (like when flying in an airplane)

It is important for patients experiencing symptoms of TMJ to be thoroughly evaluated so that treatment can address the imbalance in the bite. Dr. Roham Rafat and Dr. Ashley Izadi, family and general dentists in Hunt Valley, have extensive training and experience with bite disorders. They offer TMJ therapy and will take the time to determine the imbalance within the occlusal system in order to create a treatment plan that will provide comfortable and long lasting results.

For patients with a mild TMJ disorder, the dentists of Valley Dental may take a conservative approach and recommend the use of a mouth guard. The custom fit mouth guard is used to help prevent tooth-grinding and jaw clenching during sleep and /or stressful situations. Tooth grinding and jaw clenching are one of the things that can contribute to TMJ and the jaw and facial pain that go along with it.

For patients with more complex issues related to malocclusion, Valley Dental can offer a variety of treatment options, including bite correction therapy. This may involve using one or more restorative or cosmetic dental procedures to realign the teeth and ensure they come into contact correctly. Dr. Rafat or Dr. Izadi may suggest a dental crown, bonding or the use of orthodontics to accomplish this goal and restore oral health.

If you have experienced any symptoms of TMJ, contact Valley Dental Health and schedule an appointment to discuss your treatment options.