TMJ Treatment Rockville

Alleviating Your Chronic Jaw Pain

Young woman holding her jaw in pain before T M J treatment in Rockville

Chronic jaw pain is a bothersome daily occurrence that is often the result of stress or a misaligned bite. When left untreated, it can lead to problems with your temporomandibular joints. At the dental office of Dr. Susan Partovi, our team of professionals is here to provide TMJ treatment in Rockville that is safe and effective. By addressing the underlying cause of your jaw pain, we can help alleviate any discomfort so that you can begin to enjoy pain-free days again. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

Why Choose Susan Partovi, DDS, PC for TMJ Treatment?

  • Custom-Made Occlusal Splints
  • Dentist with 30+ Years of Experience
  • Compassionate & Caring Dental Team

What Is TMJ Disorder?

Woman wincing and holding her jaw in pain

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is a problem that occurs when inflammation or damage affects the joints located on either side of the head at the base of the skull. One of the most common symptoms is pain, and without treatment, it can cause additional harm to the mouth, neck, and head and reduce your overall quality of life.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

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While pain may be the leading symptom associated with TMJ Disorder, other common symptoms include:

  • Frequent morning headaches
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Popping and/or locking of the jaw
  • Difficulty opening and closing your mouth
  • Stiff neck muscles

Types of TMJ Treatment

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To treat TMJ, Dr. Partovi will need to perform a thorough examination to determine the source of your chronic jaw pain. Based on images taken as well as a visual evaluation, she will conclude if you need one or more of the following forms of treatment:

Equilibration / Occlusal Adjustment

Dentist holding a model of the teeth in an adjustment device

If a misaligned bite is the culprit, it may be necessary to alter certain teeth so that you can enjoy a more harmonious bite that functions correctly and comfortably.

Occlusal Splint Treatment

Hand holding a light purple occlusal splint

Another method of treating TMJ is with a custom occlusal splint. This is a device that is made to fit inside the mouth and protect teeth from grinding and clenching while also reducing tension on the jaw joints. By minimizing the pressure, you will notice a dramatic difference in how these joints and muscles feel each day when you wake up.