TMJ & TMD Specialist

MJM Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Malcolm Murray, DDS

Cosmetic & General Dentist located in Fairfax, VA

Misalignment in your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can cause severe pain and discomfort. This potentially debilitating jaw condition usually requires professional treatment. Dr. Malcolm Murray offers TMJ and TMD treatment at MJM Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Fairfax, Virginia, so you can get the pain relief you need. Call the office to learn more, or schedule your appointment online today.

TMJ & TMD Q & A

What is TMJ?

The symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome include pain in the jaw joint and soreness around the muscles that control jaw movement. If left untreated, the jaw can become permanently misaligned. This condition is also known as temporomandibular disorder (TMD).

Many patients with arthritis develop TMD as the bones start to wear down, but it can also affect people with bruxism (teeth grinding problem) and those who have a misalignment of their teeth and jaw.

What causes TMD?

Pain and soreness in the TMJ joint can have some causes, including:

  • Bite misalignment
  • Teeth grinding
  • Poor posture
  • Stress
  • Arthritis
  • Gum chewing
  • Injury to the joint
  • A fractured jaw

What are the symptoms of TMD?

Many symptoms become associated with TMJ pain, and Dr. Murray will conduct some simple tests to determine how your jaw is moving and to identify the source of your pain precisely. In addition to chronic or acute pain in the jaw, common symptoms of TMD include:

  • Ongoing pain around the ears and face
  • Tenderness of the jaw muscles
  • Facial swelling
  • Migraines
  • Headaches
  • Pain and pressure behind the eyes
  • Jaw that frequently gets “locked,” or stuck in place

How is TMD treated?

Dr. Murray has received advanced training at the Las Vegas Institute specifically for the treatment of TMD. He can help you find relief from TMJ pain and discomfort by fitting you with an oral appliance, which helps to move your jaw into a more comfortable position that places less stress and pressure around the jaw as you go about your day.

Many patients feel better by merely wearing this appliance as they “retrain” their jaw to stay in this new position. Over time, you should notice your symptoms start to disappear.

Will I need surgery for TMD?

Only very severe cases of TMJ syndrome require surgery, and an oral and maxillofacial surgeon typically performs this. After reviewing X-rays of the joint and learning more about your symptoms, Dr. Murray may refer you to a specialist qualified to perform this surgery.

If you’re suffering from TMJ pain, Dr. Murray will check the health of your jaw joints and determine the best treatment to alleviate your pain.

To learn more about the ways Dr. Murray treats TMD, call MJM Family & Cosmetic Dentistry or schedule an appointment online today.