TMJ Treatment

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder Treatment in Centreville, VA

Do you frequently experience jaw pain, clicking or popping noises when opening your mouth, or even ear discomfort? You could have a Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder, and at Centreville Dental Wellness Center, we can help you resolve the issue with non-invasive treatment options.

Smiling woman happy about finding tmj relief in Centreville with Dr. VakayTemporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a group of conditions that affect the jaw muscles, nerves and temporomandibular joint on either one or both sides of the head. The discomfort and pain associated with TMJ disorders can be either constant or intermittent, may last for many years and can be severe.

The temporomandibular joint rotates and slides in front of the ears on both sides of the head. The joint is composed of the lower jaw, or mandible, and the temporal bone of the skull.

There are three recognized TMJ conditions. Myofacial pain is the most common condition. People suffering from this form of TMJ may experience pain and discomfort in the muscles related to jaw movement. Other types of TMJ conditions include internal derangement, which may be caused by a dislocated jaw or displaced disc in the joint of the jaw, and arthritis, which involves inflammatory and degenerative joint conditions. Over 10 million Americans suffer from one of these conditions.

Our Centreville dental practice is experienced at treating and correcting TMJ conditions. Most TMJ treatments can be done at home and do not require surgery.

“After receiving treatment for my TMJ here, I’m pain-free for virtually the first time in my life. I can’t say thank you enough to these professionals, both doctors and staff. Thanks to them, my TMJ is no longer an issue!”

Appliance therapy uses a splint or mouth guard to reduce stress on the jaw, cover the interferences that affect the bit and encourage the optimal functioning of muscles. The dentist can fit a custom appliance to improve the bite and allow the lower mandible to rest properly in the temporomandibular joint socket.

Occlusal equilibration therapy is another treatment option for TMJ. This appliance reshapes the teeth’s biting surfaces and eliminates interferences so the mandible can properly close.

Relief from pain is generally achieved when the proper functioning of the muscles is restored. Many patients find immediate relief from appliance or occlusal equilibration therapies.

If the TMJ disorder does not respond to these conservative treatment options or is a result of a structural disorder, more advanced treatment may be necessary. An intra-oral appliance or surgery may be required to treat these cases, but most patients respond positively to more conservative treatments.

“Dr. Vakay did a phenomenal job helping me recover from my tmj pain. She took time to explain my tmj symptoms, and she put together a well detailed plan to help me recover. It was a slow healing process, but she was helping me every step of the way. She has gained my trust and respect. She’s my primary dentist, going forward.”
-Allan N.

Contact Centreville Dental Wellness Center for TMJ Relief Today!

If you have any questions about TMJ treatment at our practice near Fairfax and Chantilly, or if you would like to request an appointment, please contact us by email or by calling us at 703-815-0775.

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Dr Rena Vakay and her staff are truly the best. I have been going to the practice for many, many years and their professionalism is over the top. Long before Covid Centreville Dental Wellness has been top gold standard with office cleanliness. Dr Vakay is honest, bright, top rated and the best doctor I've had the pleasure of working with. The office is always in front of all the new technology. I can't say enough about this practice.

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I have been coming to Centreville Dental Wellness for 11 years, first to Dr. Judith Thomas and after she retired, to Dr. Jason Abel. My experience here has always been top notch and the entire office staff are professional and informed. I have had a variety of procedures and the office is good at getting me in on short notice, keeping me apprised of financial costs based on what my insurance will or will not cover, and making what could be a stressful time far less so. I highly recommend this practice across the board.

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Our family has been going to this dental practice for years, even before Dr. Vakay and Dr. Abel were there. We stayed through the transition because of the wonderful care we received. Everyone of the staff with whom I have interacted have not only been great at their jobs, but cheerful, friendly and kind. I trust both doctors. They combine new technology and treatment with old-fashioned, personal care. I highly recommend the practice.

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