TMJ Treatment Washington, DC

Do you suffer from frequent jaw or tooth pain? You may have a temporomandibular joint disorder. TMJ disorders can cause pain to the jaw joint and the muscles that control the jaw because the temporomandibular joints connect the jawbone to the skull. Dr. Joseph A. Catanzano III, DDS offers treatment for TMJ disorders in Washington, D.C. Dr. Catanzano and his team work with patients to help restore their smiles and provide long-lasting results. Our dentists are committed patient advocates who are passionate about giving comfortable and comprehensive care when addressing complex concerns.

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Signs of TMJ

Be aware of these common symptoms that often accompany temporomandibular joint disorders:

  • Jaw pain
  • Teeth grinding or clenching
  • Tooth wear or damage
  • Frequent headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Limited mobility in the jaw
  • Shoulder pain
  • Jaw clicking or popping
  • Earaches
  • Facial pain

Have you noticed any of these symptoms? If so, call Foxhall Smiles at 202.315.2188. Our professional dentists will help you find a solution that alleviates pain and stops tooth wear at the source.

Treating TMJ

There are multiple options for patients with temporomandibular joint disorders:

At-Home Treatment

TMJ symptoms that are mild enough can be treated with these home remedies:

  • Jaw exercises
  • Relaxing your facial muscles
  • Sleeping on your side
  • Using an ice pack in a clean cloth
  • Using a heat pack
  • Eating soft foods to help your jaw rest

Oral Appliance Therapy

An oral appliance is similar to using a mouthguard. This appliance is often the most effective option for relieving painful TMJ symptoms. The appliance can fit comfortably in the mouth to realign the upper and lower jaw. The appliance holds the jaw in place while allowing the muscles and jaw joints to relax. This method is especially useful in treating TMJ pain due to teeth grinding.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a faster dental treatment than metal braces with an average treatment time of eighteen months or less. Crooked teeth that are prone to TMJ disorders can be easily straightened with Invisalign. In addition to this, patients who use Invisalign can also remove their clear aligners to eat and brush their teeth.

Request a Consultation

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Catanzano and his dental team today. You can also call Foxhall Smiles for comprehensive dental care at 202.315.2188.