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  Michael Kostrov DMD
  Alan S Marx DDS
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"Dr. Marx, what TMJ disorder treatments are available?"

Proper diagnosis is critical to make sure you receive treatment for your particular condition.  At Comprehensive Dental Care we will only recommend treatment after conducting a thorough health history, clinical exam, taking appropriate X-rays, and perhaps confirming the condition through other diagnostic tests.

At Comprehensive Dental Care we may prescribe a multiple-phase treatment plan.  Only minor corrective treatment may be needed.  Treatment may be simple or require more steps for alleviating the condition, depending on the degree of severity. Some of these treatments include:

  Taking a non-aspirin pain reliever or prescription medications such as muscle relaxants, analgesics, or anti-inflammatory drugs
  Eating soft foods
  Avoiding chewing gum
  Applying moist heat or ice
  Physical therapy
  Teaching relaxation techniques to control muscle tension
  Stress management training techniques
  Posture training
  Wearing bite plates to eliminate the harmful effects of clenching or grinding the teeth, and a better positioning of the jaws
  Adjusting the bite, known as "occlusal equilibration" involving removing interferences when the teeth touch
  Replacement of defective restorations that prevent the jaws from meeting properly
  Orthodontics, to put the teeth in proper position

In most cases we treat at Comprehensive Dental Care, the symptoms related to TMJ disorders can be successfully treated to reduce or eliminate your discomfort.  Postponement of treatment usually results in more damage to the joint, muscles, or teeth. 

For more information about how we can help you with TMJ problems, call us at 202 466-3599, we will be happy to help you.

TMJ - Temporomandibular Disorders
In Washington DC and the surrounding
Alexandria - Arlington VA - Bethesda - Chevy Chase MD areas.

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