TMJ Treatment - Aspen Hill, MD
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (TMJ) is a common condition affecting a wide variety of people. TMJ is characterized by severe headaches, jaw pain of varying degrees, grinding teeth, and an intermittent ringing in the ears. The vast majority of TMJ sufferers are unaware that the root cause of these problems is something that a dentist can effectively treat. As a craniofacial pain specialist, Dr. Henry Blank is able to determine if you have TMJ disorder and can provide orthopedic treatments for the condition. With extensive training and some of the most advanced equipment in the industry, Dr. Blank is recognized as the leading TMJ Specialist in Aspen Hill, MD.
The symptoms of TMJ are debilitating and can greatly interfere with every day life. The comfort and general well being of the patient is at the heart of the dental practice, so pain relief is the first consideration of the dentist. The dentist is able to test, diagnose, and devise an immediate plan to treat the underlying causes of the TMJ disorder.
Getting Help For TMJ
It’s important to take action as soon as possible if you think you may be suffering from TMJ. If you live in the Aspen Hill area, we encourage you to make an appointment to with Henry Blank, DDS.
The critical task in treating TMJ is ensuring that your bite—which is interfering with the functionality of the TMJ—is adjusted so that your jaw can open and close without stressing and irritating your joints. There are several therapies and medications available to assist in the corrective process, such as the use of splint therapy or oral appliance therapy, where the patient wears a sturdy splint, often only at night, in an effort to correct the problematic bite, and the ensuing misalignment of the jaw.
You will find products offered over-the-counter which purportedly help with TMJ. These products are often fairly flexible and may be comfortable to wear. While they may temporarily relieve some of the jaw pain and headaches associated with TMJ, these products don’t provide patients with the long-term adjustments that will solve the problem on a permanent basis.
Contact Our Aspen Hill TMJ Specialist
If you reside in Aspen Hill or the surrounding area and are suffering from persistent jaw pain or soreness, headaches, migraines, or bouts of lockjaw, we encourage you to schedule an appointment for an evaluation with our Aspen Hills TMJ doctor. We are able to provide non-surgical TMJ solutions in many cases.