What is the difference between TMJ and TMD? Nothing, really. The two acronyms are used interchangeably to refer to any number of conditions that can impact the alignment of the jaw. In some instances, TMJ may refer to the temporomandibular joint itself, while TMD refers to the disorder causing symptoms, but by and large, these two terms have the same meaning.
Does TMJ Need to be Treated?
TMJ frequently results in severe pain along with issues like lockjaw. Untreated, it can cause chronic headaches, neck, shoulder and back pain, ear and sinus pain, and ocular (eye) pressure. While these symptoms can be treated with over the counter pain medications, preventing their reoccurrence requires addressing the underlying problem.
Dr. Marzban is an experienced neuromuscular dentist who offers individualized TMJ treatment options to patients living throughout Fairfax County. If you are suffering any of the symptoms of this common disorder, please contact Pamela Marzban, DDS today to schedule a comprehensive evaluation and learn more about your treatment options.