Bethesda Dental Implant Center in Washington DC offers comprehensive treatment options for patients suffering from TMJ symptoms such as headaches, jaw pain and facial pain. Dr. Roy Eskow and Dr. Adam Eskow are highly trained and experienced in diagnosing and treating TMJ symptoms.

The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects the upper and lower jaw and is responsible for the opening and closing of the mouth. TMJ disorder is the term used to define a wide variety of potential issues affecting the jaw joint, muscles in the face, neck, and surrounding nerves. There is no single cause for TMJ dysfunction. Any number of factors or combination of factors may be to blame including:

  • Trauma to the head, neck, or face
  • Trauma to the TMJ joint or arthritis
  • Hormonal changes or imbalances
  • Malocclusion (where the jaws do not line up correctly resulting in bite problems)
  • Stress

TMJ Symptoms

As with the causes, symptoms of TMJ disorder vary greatly between patients. It’s important to let Washington DC dentist, Dr. Eskow, know every TMJ symptom you suffer from so that they can accurately diagnose you. TMJ symptoms often mask themselves or are similar to those of other medical conditions, making diagnosis extremely difficult. Common symptoms of TMJ disorder include:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Pain in the shoulder, neck or face
  • Clicking or popping when opening or closing jaw
  • “Locked” jaw and/or limited mobility in the jaw joint
  • Teeth clenching, teeth grinding, often accompanied by tooth wear
  • Chronic earaches
  • Soreness or tiredness in the face and/or jaws

TMJ Treatment

Our goal is to treat TMJ by gently and naturally bringing the head, neck, jaw and bite into proper alignment. Every TMJ case is different from the next. TMJ treatment will depend on the individual’s unique TMJ disorder diagnosis. The treatments we offer in our Washington DC dentist office are:

  • Oral appliance therapy (such as a night guard)
  • Dental splints
  • Occlusal equilibration, making changes to the fit of the bite by reshaping and/or removing tooth structure

Schedule a Consultation

If you are concerned that you may have a bite problem or TMJ disorder, schedule a consultation with Dr. Roy Eskow or Dr. Adam Eskow. They will do a thorough evaluation of your bite function and overall dental health condition. They will then be able to offer the proper TMJ treatment in the Washington DC or Bethesda, MD area.