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Dr. Schrumpf Treats TMJ with TLC

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The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) shoulder a lot of responsibility for their small size: they enable smooth, pain-free jaw motion. When functioning properly, these joints typically go unnoticed. However, when something occurs to compromise TMJ function, discomfort can occur throughout the body.

In Virginia Beach VA, TMJ dentist Dr. Gregory Schrumpf provides comprehensive treatment of TMJ-related issues. You can trust his experience and expertise in crafting custom solutions to alleviate jaw joint discomfort and promote optimal oral and overall health.

Why does my jaw hurt?

TMJ problems can arise for a variety of reasons. Trauma to the jaw can upset the function of these joints. A misaligned bite is also a common culprit. Stress (physical and emotional) can play a role, as well.

In addition to jaw pain, TMJ sufferers may experience:

  • Tingling in the hands and fingers
  • Pain in the lower back
  • A jaw that makes a clicking sound during movement
  • Inability to fully open or close the mouth
  • Pain in the head, face, or neck

How are TMJ problems diagnosed?

The jaw joints function in harmony with accompanying muscles, ligaments, and other orofacial structures. During your comprehensive TMJ exam at Schrumpf & Herman Family Dentistry, Dr. Schrumpf will assess your jaw joint function by examining the components of your smile. An assessment of how well your top and bottom teeth fit together when you bite, as well an appraisal of your jaw can provide valuable information to determine optimal treatment.

What TMJ treatments are available?

Your treatment will be based on your unique situation. Oral appliance therapy helps many Virginia Beach TMJ patients experience relief from jaw joint discomfort. A small, custom-made acrylic device worn at night enables optimal jaw alignment to soothe stressed structures and promote healing. Other treatments include lifestyle changes and improving bite alignment by building up the surface of back teeth.

Why choose Schrumpf & Herman Family Dentistry for TMJ treatment?

Dr. Schrumpf has over 30 years of experience in diagnosing and treating TMJ dysfunction. As a Dawson-trained dentist, he understands the complexity of the chewing system and the importance of addressing the root cause of a dental issue to enable long-term health and function. He’ll deliver the comprehensive, customized care you deserve.

Call today to schedule a TMJ consultation with Virginia Beach TMJ dentist Dr. Schrumpf.

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