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Thank you for choosing Dr. Fairfax & Associates. We believe that dental health is key to overall health, and our primary mission is to deliver the best and most comprehensive dental care available.

The Whole Person

We take into account the whole person when caring for our patients. From routine check-ups and cleanings to emergency care, we are committed to giving you our undivided attention.

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From the moment you walk into our office, you can expect to feel at home. We foster a relaxed, inviting atmosphere with professional, knowledgeable, and friendly staff. Sit back, relax, and trust that your smile is in exceedingly good hands.

A Caring and Thorough Team

We do not believe in ‘factory-style’ dental care where patients are shuttled in and out and only see the dentist or hygienist for a few minutes during an appointment. Each appointment with us is time reserved specifically for you.

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Our team is highly trained in the latest dental approaches and technologies, which allows us to provide every patient with truly personalized attention.

 

 

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What TMJ Treatment Is Most Common and Why

June 22, 2022
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Posted By: Dr. Fairfax & Associates Family Dentistry
Man suffering from TMJ in Fairfax, VA

Did you know that it takes 360 different joints to make the human body function properly? With so many, it's understandable if you don't appreciate the importance of your jaw joint. Without it, you'd be unable to speak, eat, or swallow properly.

So when this joint, known technically as your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), has some type of dysfunction (TMD), it can have a disproportionate impact on your life. That's why the Dr. Fairfax and Associates Family Dentistry team has adopted numerous ways to treat this condition. Still, the most common and effective option is a nightguard to realign your jaw and protect your teeth.

Does Your TMJ Cause You Issues?

Problems in your jaw joint often present when you wake up each morning, with facial and jaw soreness. Along with this soreness, other symptoms of TMD are:

  • Headaches, including migraines
  • Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw
  • Broken and worn teeth
  • Trouble opening and closing the jaw
  • Ringing in the ears or tinnitus

These symptoms, especially when experienced together, can diminish your quality of life, so we encourage timely TMJ treatment in Fairfax, VA.

Nightguards Offer You Numerous TMJ Benefits

One of the most direct approaches to relieving TMD is a custom-made plastic tray called a nightguard because you wear it while sleeping. This helps you in two ways. First, our dental professionals design your nightguard to maneuver your jaw into better alignment. By doing this, your TMJ will be under less stress, allowing the irritation and inflammation to recede.

Second, the high-density polymer also protects your teeth if you tend to grind them while you sleep. Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is frequently associated with TMJ disorders. In addition, if your jaw is misaligned, you may unconsciously try to manipulate your jaw position, and as an unintended consequence, you also end up grinding your teeth. A nightguard can break this cycle.

Your Fairfax dentist takes accurate teeth impressions to ensure your nightguard is comfortable and fits snugly. You wear the night guard while you sleep, and over time you'll experience fewer symptoms with diminishing intensity.

TMJ Treatment in Fairfax, VA

If you have jaw pain and stiffness that causes you pain and suffering, then our dental team would love to help. We encourage you to schedule an appointment today to learn more about how a nightguard or other TMD treatments may lessen your pain.

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