TMJ Treatment Annapolis, MD

Temporomandibular joint disorder is a condition that affects over 10% of the American population, and is often misdiagnosed and mistreated by health care professionals with little to no training in the dental field.

This highly complex disorder occurs when the temporomandibular joint connecting the upper and lower jaw becomes misaligned or stressed. Typical symptoms associated with TMJ disorder include popping or clicking of the jaw joint, ringing of the ears, headaches and a jaw that does not open or close smoothly.

TMJ Symptoms & Signs

Typical symptoms associated with TMJ disorder may include excessive tooth wear, chronic headaches, clicking or grinding noises in the TM Joint, as well as pain or difficulty in opening or closing one’s mouth. The signs of TMJ dysfunction are different for every patient, making it a challenge for an untrained clinician to reach a diagnosis. TMJ symptoms also often mask themselves or are similar to those of other medical condition. Some of the more common signs or symptoms include:

  • Popping or clicking in the jaw
  • Difficulty opening and closing the jaw
  • Pain when chewing, eating or opening wide
  • Frequent headaches or migraines
  • Ringing of the ears
  • Soreness or tiredness in the face or jaw

TMJ Therapy in Annapolis, MD

TMJ Therapy with Annapolis Dentist Dr. Sheen

Before beginning any TMJ therapy treatments, Annapolis dentist Dr. Vernon Sheen will conduct a thorough examination of your head, mouth, jaw joints, facial muscles, and teeth. Since TMJ disorders often overlap with other pre-existing dental conditions, a comprehensive evaluation is necessary to discover underlying causes and develop a treatment plan specific to your needs.

Visit Our Annapolis Dentist Office for Experienced TMJ Therapy

If your jaw joints are in constant pain, and you think you might be suffering from TMJ disorder, contact our dentist in Annapolis, MD today to schedule a comprehensive evaluation. Call (443) 482-5202 or schedule an appointment online.
To correctly diagnose the cause of your TMJ disorder, Dr. Sheen will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of all aspects of your occlusal system and an analysis of your bite. This includes the teeth, gums and jaw joints.

He will also ask about your overall health, condition of your oral health and any lifestyle habits or medical concerns that may be a factor. Fully understanding all aspects of your health and the symptoms you are experiencing is important for making treatment recommendations and helping you enjoy long term results.

Our goal is to pinpoint the underlying cause of your bite dysfunction to help relieve your symptoms and improve your overall oral health. Dr. Sheen may also notice the signs of a bite problem during routine dental exams, such as worn down, cracked or damaged teeth.

Dr. Sheen offers a wide range of TMJ therapy treatments designed to alleviate and correct TMJ disorder symptoms, including custom mouth guards and restorative treatments or orthodontics to realign the bite, correct damage and restore oral health.

For many patients, reducing stress and using a night guard or splint can relieve painful symptoms and help the jaw to relax. Dr. Sheen will repair tooth damage from teeth grinding and may also recommend restorative treatment to make sure the teeth can make proper contact.

If crooked teeth or misalignment is causing your bite dysfunction, orthodontics may be recommended.

Is TMJ treatment painful?

No. Treatment for TMJ disorders may sound like a complex and arduous process. In reality, it is just a combination of thoroughly evaluating your underlying conditions and applying restorative dentistry to solve the root cause. The process can include sedation dentistry to ease your fears for those with dental anxiety.

Is TMJ treatment covered by insurance?

Ultimately this is up to the dental insurance provider, but dental insurance can elect to provide cost coverage for TMJ treatments. Treatments for TMJ disorders are restorative in nature, so dental insurance may deem them necessary for good basic oral health.

Can TMJ go away on its own?

It is unlikely for chronic TMJ to go away on its own. Some dental insurance providers will try to claim otherwise, but they’re only there to make money. There are however techniques that you can do at home to alleviate TMJ symptoms before visiting the dentist. Try exercising to alleviate stress, taking over-the-counter pain medication, and applying a cold compress to the painful area of your face.