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
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
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.
Taking a Conservative Approach
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:
Splints / Occlusal Devices
Changes to the occlusion (bite) to correct problems or miss-alignment
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.
Before & After TMJ Therapy
“Dr. Cobb is the best dentist. He restored my teeth and TMJ. Now I live without TMJ pain and have a confident beautiful smile.”
Why choose Andrew C. Cobb, DDS?
Dr. Andrew Cobb is dedicated to your long term dental health and works with patients to balance the function and aesthetics of their smile for lasting beauty and comfort. Our Washington, D.C. dentist office is a warm, relaxing environment where patients are seen and treated as individuals. Your dental care is tailored to your unique needs and goals for your natural smile.
Dr. Cobb is an internationally recognized leader in his field, traveling the globe to lecture for the Dawson Academy. Our patients benefit from his longstanding commitment to advanced education and the incorporation of dental technology. The best possible patient experience, from your treatment to your results, is the foundation of our practice.