When Do I Need TMJ Treatments In Fairfax, VA?

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Some people struggle with pain in their facial muscles. This could be a sign that they have TMJ disorder. There are many other symptoms beyond facial pain to consider. The question becomes, when should one seek treatment for TMJ pain? TMJ treatments in Fairfax, VA could be a great option for some people. 

 

What Is A TMJ Disorder?

The TMJ, also known as the temporomandibular joint, is the joint that connects a person’s jaw to the rest of their face. This joint by itself should not cause pain. Over time though, this joint may start causing pain. This could be from wear or from a trauma that occurred to the face.

TMJ Disorders are a common cause of facial pain. That is not the only issue that TMJ Disorder can cause though. Other symptoms TMJ disorders can cause include:

  • Migraines and other headaches
  • Muscle pain in the face or neck
  • Jaw locking or popping
  • Backaches
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Earaches
  • Dizziness

Because TMJ’s are located underneath both skin and muscle structures, they can cause tensions across a wide range of areas that aren’t even imaginable. That is why it is important for people with TMJ disorders to go see a trusted doctor for TMJ treatments in Fairfax, VA as soon as these symptoms start occurring.

What Are TMJ Treatments In Fairfax, VA?

If people are struggling with these symptoms, it could be that they have a TMJ disorder. Fortunately, the sooner people act on treating these symptoms, the less likely it is that they will be impacted by worsening symptoms. 

One way many are able to manage their TMJ disorder effectively is with an oral appliance. This is a device such as a mouthguard or a nightguard that can correct the position of patients’ teeth and relieve any of their muscle pain. These can also prevent people from grinding or clenching their teeth at night. Another option is BOTOX®, a minimally invasive treatment method. Usually used for aesthetic purposes, BOTOX can help alleviate the pain a patient is feeling by relaxing the muscles around the TMJ joint.

There are also surgical options to help treat TMJ Disorders. Arthrocentesis is a minimally invasive surgery used to alleviate symptoms of TMJ pain and stiffness. There is also the open-joint surgery which involves exposing the TMJ joint to reposition the jaw, the joint, and even remove parts of the jaw if it is necessary.

 

We Can Treat Your TMJ Disorder

If you are worried your TMJ disorder pain, do not panic! There are plenty of steps that can be taken before your situation gets worse. One of those steps is finding a doctor who can confidently diagnose your symptoms and determine the best course of treatment for you.

Dr. Ibrahim Haron is a certified oral surgeon with specific training in treating TMJ related conditions. Having successfully had hundreds of operations and treatments for TMJ Disorders, Dr. Haron has been able to help many people in Fairfax, VA manage their TMJ Disorders.

If you or a loved one are interested in learning more about TMJ or seeking treatment from Dr. Haron, consider coming to our office. Get in contact with Dr. Ibrahim Haron, Dr. David Roe, Dr. Furkan Dogan, and Dr. Camron Fakhar at our Greater Washington Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery office to schedule an appointment today!

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