Temporomandibular joint disorders, also known as TMJ, occurs when the jaw joints and muscles are damaged. TMJ is often caused by stress, bite problems, or trauma to the head, neck, or face. Symptoms of TMJ disorder vary greatly between patients. However, some common signs include chronic headaches or earaches, lockjaw, jaw popping, and jaw clicking. Bruxism, also known as teeth clenching and grinding, is one of the most common symptoms of TMJ that can occur unconsciously when asleep. Patients with TMJ may also suffer from shoulder, neck, or facial pain and may already have some worn-down teeth.
Dr. Halim has advanced training with the Dawson Academy that is focused on occlusal disease, an underlying cause of TMJ disorders. He can provide the latest diagnostics and treatment options with the goal of addressing the root cause of your bite problem for a lasting solution. Call 202.318.4113 or request a consultation with Washington, DC dentist Dr. Nishan Halim if you have noticed any of these symptoms.
To determine the best treatment for you, Dr. Halim will start with a comprehensive examination. He will create a customized treatment plan to bring the teeth and bite into proper alignment and alleviate jaw and facial pain. For patients with jaw misalignment or damaged teeth, Dr. Halim will recommend mouthguards, bite correction therapy, or cosmetic and restorative dental treatments.
A custom removable mouthguard can be worn during the night to keep the teeth and jaw in the proper position. This oral appliance can prevent bruxism, or teeth grinding or clenching, which is a common TMJ symptom that can lead to wear and tear. A mouthguard can help alleviate jaw pain and dysfunction.
Bite Correction Therapy
Occlusal equilibration, better known as bite correction therapy, is the process of adjusting tooth alignment. Some TMJ pain is caused by misaligned or crooked teeth. Bite correction therapy can reduce TMJ symptoms including a sore jaw, headaches, and bruxism. Orthodontics such as Invisalign can realign the bite. Jaw surgery may be needed for patients with more severe cases of TMJ.
Cosmetic and Restorative Care
If you have sustained tooth damage from TMJ, Dr. Halim may recommend restorative or cosmetic solutions to repair your smile. Treatment options Dr. Halim offers include dental crowns, dental bonding, or dental implants. Dr. Halim will recommend one or more of these treatments for you depending on the extent of your tooth damage.