TMJ Specialist

Springfield Dental Solutions

General Family Dentistry & Implant Dentistry located in Springfield, VA

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.

TMJ Q & A

Springfield Dental Solutions

What is TMJ disorder?

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.


What are the symptoms of TMJ disorder?

In addition to the telltale pain in the jaw joint, TMJ disorder is accompanied by many symptoms:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Ear pain or ringing
  • Popping or locking jaw
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Sinus pressure
  • Muscle pain
  • Facial aches
  • Sore teeth
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Dizziness


What causes TMJ disorder?

TMJ disorder is complex and usually strikes when several events that cause excessive pressure on the jaw muscles occur simultaneously, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Stress
  • Clenching or grinding teeth
  • Infection of the joint
  • Anxiety
  • Injury


What is the treatment for TMJ disorder?

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.


What can I do at home to help minimize TMJ disorder symptoms?

To decrease pressure on your jaw and minimize TMJ disorder symptoms:

  • Avoid biting on hard candy, ice, or food
  • Don’t prop your chin in your hands
  • Sleep with a mouthguard to prevent teeth grinding
  • Relax your face
  • Keep your teeth apart and your lips together
  • Chew small bites thoroughly
  • Rotate food to both sides of your mouth as you chew

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.