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Dentistry in Leesburg, VA

General & Family Dentistry

TMJ Therapy

Chronic headaches, migraines, or facial pain may be caused by a common condition known as TMJ Disorder. TMJ is a neuromuscular condition, and a result of misaligned jaw joints. Dr. Cowell, Dr. Varney and their team can alleviate TMJ-related pain with a custom mouthguard, designed just for you using state of the art technology.

Your temporomandibular joints work with muscles, nerves, and tissues to ensure the mouth opens and closes smoothly. These joints are highly sensitive to physical and emotional stress, and even a slight change in your habits can alter their performance.
If you notice a change in your bite or more frequent headaches, it could be
the result of TMJ disorder.

Symptoms of TMJ disorder range from mild to severe, and may include:

  • Jaw clicking or popping
  • Teeth grinding
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Neck, back, or facial pain
  • Sensitive, worn, or cracked teeth

Our doctors can relieve symptoms of TMJ disorder and restore your mouth and jaw function with a custom mouthguard. The mouthguard will be designed to hold your jaw in its optimal position. Over time, the mouthguard will realign your jaw joints, relieving chronic facial tension and restoring your bite.

In addition to a mouthguard, Dr. Cowell may suggest other non-surgical therapies like facial massage or tooth rebuilding. Treatment times vary from patient to patient, but most people begin to notice a difference in about three months. At Loudoun Dental Smiles, it’s our primary concern that you feel comfortable and cared for. For treatment that can take this long, you should know that we will guide you through each step of the process and by ready to help you at each turn, should the need arise.

To learn more about TMJ therapy and tension-relieving mouthguards, call our Leesburg, VA dental office for details. We serve residents of Leesburg, Purcellville, Ashburn, Lansdowne, and all of Northern Virginia.

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