TMJ is a painful condition that occurs when your jaw becomes misaligned. Due to the complex nature of the muscles, joints and nerves surrounding the jaw, the symptoms for this condition can be quite varied, impacting your face, jaw, neck, shoulders, back, ears and head. Fortunately, TMJ is easily treated using the principles of neuromuscular dentistry, which focus on restoring a properly aligned bite.
Dr. Pamela Marzban offers a wide range of TMJ treatments in order to address the unique issues you are experiencing. In order to develop a customized treatment plan to meet your needs, she will first perform a comprehensive TMJ diagnostic exam to identify your jaw's optimal resting position.
Once Dr. Marzban has determined the proper alignment for your jaw, she will recommend a TMJ treatment plan to help you find the relief you are seeking. Your treatment will be conducted in two phases. The first phase will help alleviate the painful symptoms you are experiencing. This can be accomplished using:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or aspirin
- Muscle relaxants
- Corticosteroid drugs
- Tricyclic antidepressants
After alleviating your pain, Dr. Marzban will begin the second phase of your treatment, which provides the long term relief you desire by restoring your bite to its optimal resting position. Depending on the nature and severity of your condition, this phase of your TMJ treatment may be accomplished using:
- Neuromuscular orthotic device, worn 24 hours a day, to reposition your jaw
- Mouth guard which realigns your bite while you sleep
- Dental restorations performed to move your bite into proper alignment
- Jaw exercises designed to strengthen the muscles in the surrounding region
For severe cases of TMJ, a more aggressive treatment plan may be required. In these instances, Dr. Marzban may recommend one of the following TMJ treatments:
- Disc repositioning
- Articular eminence recontouring
- Jaw irrigation
- Partial joint replacement
Please contact Dr. Pamela Marzban using the form on this page or call 703-323-8200 today to schedule your TMJ consultation. We serve patients in Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Burke, and throughout Northern Virginia.