Dr. Andrew Cobb Provides TMJ Therapy Treatments in Washington, DC
TMJ is the term commonly used when actually referring to TMD, Temporomandibular Disorders, a complex group of disorders that are characterized by pain and limited mobility in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and surrounding tissue. An estimated 35 million adults suffer from TMD and there are few medical professionals experienced in diagnosing and treating TMDs.
Facial pain, tenderness and frequent headaches can often be a sign of a TMJ disorder. These bite disorders are a result of an imbalance in the masticatory system and can be difficult to diagnose without the proper expertise and diagnostic tools.
Dr. Cobb has treated a number of patients with a TMD, which is a primary focus in his post-graduate education. Using the latest technology, Dr. Cobb is able to identify, diagnose and treat the root cause of your TMJ related disorder, offering patients relief from persistent and often painful symptoms.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
TMJ is actually a broad term for a group of symptoms. Frequent signs or symptoms include:
- Noises in the TMJ, popping, clicking or grating
- Trauma, accidents may create disharmony in the TMJ
- Locked jaw
- Frequent headaches – There is a strong link between TMJ disorders and migraines
- Difficulty eating or chewing
- Tired sensation after exercising the TMJ as in eating, chewing or speaking
TMJ Therapy Treatment in Washington, DC
Dr. Cobb will thoroughly exam your mouth, teeth, and joints to determine the state of your oral health. Dr. Cobb has over 25 years of experience diagnosing and treating patients with TMJ disorders.
Diagnosing and Treating TMJ
There is no one size fits all solution for any dental problem, particularly in regards to TMJ disorders. Each problem is unique to the individual patient and treatment planning is entirely dependent on the diagnosis. Dr. Cobb has extensive experience working with TMJ patients. This experience gives him a library of cases to reference and compare to when creating a treatment plan. Each relationship Dr. Cobb forms with a patient begins with a comprehensive evaluation. Aided by state-of-the-art technology, Dr. Cobb is able to diagnose a patient to treat the source of the pain and dysfunction rather than simply the symptoms.
Featured Technology: TScan
Patients who have been suffering for years with TMJ symptoms often have an imbalance in their bite. Many patients have visited several doctors and dentists in an attempt to relieve their pain. Dr. Cobb has invested in technology and diagnostic tools to get an accurate diagnosis of a patient’s condition. One tool he uses to aid in the diagnosis of TMJ is the TScan.
TScan is a computerized occlusal (bite) analysis system that allows Dr. Cobb to quickly and accurately determine how balanced a patient’s bite is. The improper function and imbalance of the teeth coming together can cause pain, fractures, nighttime teeth grinding, increased headaches, neck pain, tooth-wear, and so much more. The TScan shows what traditional X-rays or occlusal paper cannot – the force and alignment of a patient’s bite in real-time.
TMJ Therapy FAQs
Is TMJ treatment painful?
No, most treatments for TMJ are not invasive and painful. When treating patients with TMJ, it is Dr. Cobb’s belief that “less is best.” Finding the source of the problem and making the necessary corrections, avoiding major procedures and surgery whenever possible. Therapies for TMJ may include: Lifestyle changes, splints, occlusal devices, and changes to the occlusion (bite) to correct problems or misalignment.
Do I need surgery to get rid of TMJ?
No, most TMJ issues can be addressed with non-invasive and common dental procedures. Surgery will only be necessary if you have severe TMJ issues or jaw deformities. As mentioned above, Dr. Cobb will avoid recommending oral surgery whenever possible for your convenience.
Will a TMJ Disorder go away on its own?
It may, but there is no guarantee, or way of knowing if it will go away on its own. It’s likely to go away on its own if it’s a very minor and temporary issue. Although, if you have been living with TMJ pain for a while, it will not go away without medical intervention from a qualified TMJ dentist like Dr. Cobb.
What are the causes of TMJ?
TMJ can be caused by a variety of alignment and joint issues in the jaw. Excessive clenching and teeth grinding and jaw and is a very common cause of TMJ. Many people who suffer from stress do this in their sleep and are not aware of it. Other causes may be an abnormal bite, trauma to the jaw area, or arthritis.
What are the most prevalent symptoms of TMJ?
The most commonly reported and noticeable symptoms of TMJ are headaches, migraines, ear issues, popping and clicking jaw sounds, and pain in the throat and back of jaw. Specific ear issues may include chronic ringing, muffled auditory, frequent earaches, and dizziness.
Why Does My Jaw Make Noise?
A jaw popping or clicking when opening or closing is one of the first signs of TMJ. The sound can occur every time you reposition your jaw, or in at irregular times. This sound is produced by the ligament between two bones dislocating and hitting on or around the jaw bone. If you are experiencing this contact your doctor, as it is not good for your oral and overall health.
Will Drugs be used to help treat TMJ?
Drugs may be used while treating TMJ, but the sole use of drugs will not help heal TMJ. Drugs are commonly used to ease anxiety, relax the muscle, or given as an anesthetic. The use of drugs alongside other TMJ treatments can decrease pain related to TMJ, and reverse symptoms and damage.
Schedule a Consultation and Dental Exam Today
If you are suffering with TMJ or have TMJ symptoms, contact our office at (202) 455-0901 to request an appointment with TMJ specialist Dr. Andrew Cobb.