If you’re suffering from constant headaches and pain in the jaw, you might have a problem in your temporomandibular joints, referred to as TMJ. These muscles are positioned on either side of your skull and make it possible to open and close your mouth, and they can develop problems that your dentist can treat.
Dr. Ashley Izadi and Dr. Roham Rafat are family dentists near Hunt Valley, MD with advanced training and experience in the treatment of TMJ disorders. Few clinicians are trained to properly identify, diagnose and treat TMJ disorders, also known as TMD. You can count on Valley Dental Health for personalized, focused care. Our dentists will spend ample time getting to know you and educating you on all available treatment options.
What is TMJ?
Each TMJ has a disc between the ball and socket of the joint, and each disc supports the load while enabling the jaw to open wide, rotate, and glide. This complicated system of muscles, ligaments, discs, and bones work together when you chew, speak, and swallow, and also controls the lower jaw as it moves backward, forward, and side-to-side. Anything that prevents this system from working properly is called a TMJ disorder, or TMD.
What Causes TMD?
Possible causes of TMJ disorders include:
- Dislocation of the jaw
- Misalignment of the jaw and teeth
- Teeth grinding due to stress, especially during sleep
- Injury to jaw or surrounding area
TMJ Disorders Diagnosis and Treatment
Dr. Izadi’s and Dr. Rafat’s goals with TMJ therapy is to gently bring the head, neck, and jaw into a natural, comfortable position. Our dentists start with a comprehensive evaluation to look for the signs and symptoms of TMJ dysfunction. In some cases, advanced diagnostic equipment is used to help identify the source of instability. Some symptoms include tenderness in the muscles and joints in the jaw, clicking, popping, difficulty of motion, and persistent headaches.
For basic cases, there are several methods of treatments for TMJ disorders. This step-by-step plan allows you to try simple remedies at home before moving on to more involved treatment. These steps advocate for a “less is more” approach in treating TMJ disorders, which includes:
- Applying heat packs to pain
- Eating softer foods
- Avoiding chewing non-food items such as fingernails or pen caps
Valley Dental Health also treats TMJ patients with mouth guards that help keep the teeth and jaw in the proper position. Usually worn during sleep, a mouth guard can alleviate symptoms by improving stability of the jaw and reducing inflammation.
TMJ Treatment in Cockeysville, MD
Valley Dental Health is your dental home for comprehensive general, restorative and cosmetic treatments and procedures. Our Cockeysville dentist office serves patients and families from many local communities including Hunt Valley, Phoenix, Sparks, and Lutherville. Led by Dr. Roham Rafat and Dr. Ashley Izadi, our team is committed to your oral health and cosmetic goals. We want you to enjoy the benefits of a smile that feels as good as it looks.