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Susan Pearson, DDS
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Silver Spring, MD 20902
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By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
January 27, 2015
Tags: TMJ  

Each time you talk, eat or yawn, you are utilizing your temporomandibular joint. This hinge joint is responsible for many important functions, yet can also be a source of pain and discomfort in those who experience temporomandibular disorders (TMD) -- or the TMJcondition is often called TMJ in reference to the troublesome joint.

We see many TMD sufferers at out Silver Springs dentist office who experience symptoms such as pain at the joint, a feeling of the joint locking in place, clicking when you open and close your mouth or facial swelling. If you experience these symptoms, we can help.

TMJ or TMD treatments can vary based on the severity of your symptoms. For example, many patients can resolve their symptoms with at-home treatments. These can include refraining from eating tough or chewy foods, applying ice packs to your swelling jaws and taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication.

If these are not effective in helping you find relieve from TMJ pain, Dr. Pearson can create a customized mouthpiece for you. This mouthpiece is designed to prevent you from grinding or clenching your teeth -- two common causes associated with TMJ pain. Because the mouthpiece is specifically designed for your teeth, it will not slip or slide out of place as you sleep at night and can be worn comfortably. We can also show you physical therapy exercises that are designed to stretch and strengthen tight or uncomfortable jaw muscles.

The good news is, most TMJ sufferers can find relief from their pain without the need for invasive procedures. While options such as injections or surgery are available, the condition is frequently relieved through customized treatments to address what is causing your pain in the first place.

If you experience TMJ pain, please call our Silver Springs dentist’s office at (301) 649-2203. We can listen and evaluate your unique health conditions to help you feel better.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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