Do you grind your teeth?
Does your jaw “click”?
Do you suffer from headaches and/or ear pain?
If yes to any or all of the above, Bethesda-Chevy Chase & Washington DC TMJ dentist Dr. Marlin can provide the examination and custom treatment plan to help you. Call 202-244-2101 today.
Many patients grind or clench their teeth, which is a condition known as bruxism. This grinding may also put unintended pressure on the muscles and tissues of your jaw resulting in tooth and other jaw disorders, headaches and ear pain. The symptoms of this disorder are often referred to as TMJ / TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction).
Signs and Symptoms That May Be Related to TMJ /TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction)
- Sharp pain in the area under the earlobe
- Waking up with sore jaw muscles
- Clicking, popping of the jaw joint
- Abnormal tooth wear (teeth getting shorter over the years)
- Grinding or clenching your teeth
- Tooth sensitivity unrelated to cavities or gum disease
At your initial consultation, we perform a thorough examination of your occlusion (bite) and surrounding muscles. If the bite is not correct, Dr. Marlin will perform an occlusal adjustment, a procedure whereby biting contacts that are higher than others are lightly shaped. The object is to provide a harmony of all of the teeth when in contact.
“Dave and I have decided that to ensure we continue with the best dental care we’ve ever had, we should spend part of the year in Maryland.
Comparing your care with past experience makes our choice to remain under your care an easy one.”
If a night guard is recommended for you, Dr. Marlin will take an impression and send the molds to a professional dental laboratory. A custom fit, durable acrylic night guard will be fabricated and then custom fit to your mouth. With a good occlusion (bite) of your natural teeth, along with a well fitting and functioning night guard, you will most likely see a significant decrease in headaches or other TMJ symptoms.