When your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) in your jaw is inflamed or doesn’t work properly, you may struggle to open and close your mouth and may suffer intense pain. Dr. David Yoon at Springfield Dental Solutions alleviates your pain, restores normal function, and works to prevent a future recurrence. If you live in the Springfield, Virginia area, turn to Dr. Yoon for compassionate and comprehensive care for TMJ disorder. Call the office for an appointment or book one online using the easy scheduling button.
Temporomandibular joint syndrome, or TMJ disorder as it’s better known, is a chronic joint condition that affects the hinge that attaches the jaw to the temporal bones in your skull. When it’s inflamed or out of alignment, the joint prohibits smooth opening and closing of the mouth and makes it extremely painful to chew or talk.
In addition to the telltale pain in the jaw joint, TMJ disorder is accompanied by many symptoms:
TMJ disorder is complex and usually strikes when several events that cause excessive pressure on the jaw muscles occur simultaneously, such as:
Dr. Yoon evaluates your jaw and confirms your TMJ disorder diagnosis. Fortunately, there are several successful ways to treat TMJ disorder, ranging from at-home therapies to surgery.
Initial treatment is conservative and involves modifying your bite to alleviate pressure on your jaw muscles and bones. Dr. Yoon may fit you for a mouthguard and prescribe medication to reduce pain and relax your jaw muscles.
If your condition is severe, you may need joint injections or benefit from a surgical procedure to restore proper jaw function. Dr. Yoon guides you through your treatment options and explains the benefits and risks of each procedure so you know what to expect.
To decrease pressure on your jaw and minimize TMJ disorder symptoms:
To get relief for your aching jaw and restore full function to your joint, rely on the expertise of Dr. Yoon at Springfield Dental Solutions. Call the office for an evaluation or book your appointment online.