TMJ and TMD

Stafford & Fredericksburg Comprehensive Dental Care

At Southpoint Quality Dental our team wants to see each patient smile, so we offer a wide range of dental treatments from cosmetic dentistry to endodontics so your teeth will be healthy from the inside out. We focus on your total dental health, which includes your jaw, jaw joint and surrounding facial muscles, so for patients suffering from temporomandibular disorder (TMD), Dr. Swanson will evaluate the severity of the problem and determine the best treatment for you.

TMJ/TMD Care in Fredericksburg & Stafford, VA

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), also referred to as the “jaw joint,” is the hinge that connects your lower jaw and assists in opening and closing your mouth. This joint is often the source of discomfort and chronic pain referred to as TMD.

Common Causes Include:

  • Injury To The Jaw, Tmj Or The Muscles Of The Head And Neck
  • Grinding Or Clenching Of Teeth
  • Dislocation Of The Disc Between The Ball And Socket
  • Osteoarthritis Or Rheumatoid Arthritis In The Tmj
  • Tightening Facial And Jaw Muscles Or Clenching Teeth – A Common Reaction To Stress

If you are experiencing pain associated with your TMJ, we recommend visiting our office for an evaluation, but over-the-counter pain relievers and a cold compress can provide temporary relief in the meantime. For serious cases of TMD, Dr. Swanson will suggest alternate treatments, ranging from mouthguards to orthodontic care to relieve TMD symptoms. For extremely severe cases, we might recommend more invasive procedures.

Visit Your Fredericksburg & Stafford Dentist

Dr. Swanson helps patients achieve and maintain a beautiful, healthy smile, so if you are searching for a dentist or experiencing tooth or jaw pain in the Fredericksburg, Stafford, or Spotsylvania area, contact our office and we will be happy to answer any questions or help you schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you smile!