The temporomandibular joints which connect the jawbone to the skull can cause dental problems when injured. Most commonly, trauma to the head or face causes TMJ problems. Dr. Tassos Sfondouris is a prosthodontist who helps patients who have missing or damaged teeth. When your teeth become damaged from TMJ, he will help you restore your smile and treat painful symptoms.
At Prestipino Dental Group, Dr. Vincent Prestipino and Dr. Tassos Sfondouris are dedicated to high-quality patient care. They will help you find the right solution to your dental problems. Learn more about the different signs of TMJ disorders as well as effective treatments below:
Symptoms of TMJ
Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders and joint dysfunction may include:
- Teeth clenching and grinding
- Tooth wear
- Frequent headaches
- Pain in the face, neck, or shoulders
- Popping or clicking in the jaw joints
- Chronic earaches
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, please call our office as soon as possible. It is important to treat your symptoms early before they become severe.
TMJ treatment depends on your specific symptoms and health needs. During a TMJ exam, Dr. Sfondouris will evaluate the joint tissue and the jaw. He will look for problems like swelling, deterioration of the joint tissue, or damaged joint tissue. He may recommend Invisalign treatment or a nightguard.
Invisalign: Invisalign clear aligners straighten crooked teeth for a more balanced bite. They allow teeth to make proper contact when biting and speaking, which reduces muscle strain in the jaw joints. Straightening teeth with Invisalign can assuage TMJ pain and symptoms caused by misaligned and crooked teeth.
Nightguards: Nightguards are oral appliances that can be worn during sleep. These types of mouthguards prevent the teeth from grinding together and protect them from further wear and tear. Nightguards also take the pressure off of the joints, which alleviates facial and jaw pain.
Call Our Dental Office Today
Dr. Sfondouris and Dr. Prestipino treat patients from Gaithersburg, Chevy Chase, Rockville, Montgomery County, and Bethesda, Maryland. Call Prestipino Dental Group for comprehensive TMJ treatment today at 301-276-0219. Feel free to request an appointment online.