Gregg A Helvey, DDS, MAGD, CDT, 14 W. Marshall Street, Middleburg, VA 20117 540-687-5855
Middleburg, VA Dental office of Gregg Helvey, DDS, MAGD
 
Jaw Problems
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What is TMJ?

TMJ is an acronym for temporomandibular joint, which is a fancy way of saying jaw joint. Clinically, we refer to problems associated with the TMJ (jaw joint) as TMJ Syndrome or TMD (disorder). But many patients just call it "TMJ". Often, TMJ Syndrome presents itself as a popping sound and sensation near the jaw joint.o can have TMJ Syndrome?

TMJ problems can afflict people of all ages, although patients under 40 are more susceptible and it occurs more frequently in women. at are the Symptoms of TMJ Syndrome?

TMJ Syndrome symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Earaches, stuffiness, or ringing in the ears
  • Pain or soreness in and around the jaw joints
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness in fingers and arms
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Limited movement or locking of the jaw
  • Clicking or grating sounds in the jaw joints
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Neck, shoulder, or back pain
  • Facial pain
  • Unexplained loosening of teeth

Left untreated, the TMJ symptoms increase in number and severity as you get older.


What should I do if I suspect TMJ syndrome?

In order to determine the best course of treatment an accurate diagnosis is imperative. TMJ Doppler™ is a system for listening to the sounds in the jaw joint. It is a rapid, painless and accurate method which aids in the detection, analysis and evaluation of TMJ dysfunction. In conjunction with models of your teeth and registering your bite, Dr. Helvey can determine the source of your TMJ discomfort. Many times all that's needed is a simple adjustment to your bite (the way your teeth come together) or a small mouthpiece that corrects the way your jaw joint comes together.

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