TMJ Treatment Newport News, VA

Frequent headaches, facial pain or jaw pain are all signs of a Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). Dr. William Harper is one of the few dentists in the Hampton Roads area with the training and experience to treat this complex condition. A significant portion of his post-graduate training has been focused on diagnosing and treating TMJ disorders.

What Is TMJ?

TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint, the small joint located in front of your ears which controls the opening and closing of the mouth. TMJ is also used as a general term to describe Temporomandibular Disorder, a condition in which the jaw joints or teeth do not fit together properly.

When the teeth aren’t properly aligned and the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) don’t operate smoothly, it can create tension, pressure and ultimately pain in the face, head, shoulders and neck. In almost all cases, a TMJ disorder will cause tooth wear and may contribute to tooth decay (cavities) and/or periodontal (gum) disease.

Common Symptoms Of TMJ Disorder

  • Frequent headaches, often occurring in the morning
  • Pain in the shoulders, neck or face
  • Clicking or popping when opening or closing jaw
  • Limited range of motion in the jaw joints, or locked jaw
  • Teeth grinding or clenching, often accompanied by tooth wear
  • Chronic earaches without infection
  • TMJ Therapy And Bite Correction

When you visit Harper Dental Care in Poquoson, you will receive a comprehensive examination that includes an occlusal analysis to study the way your teeth make contact. Using study models of your mouth, Dr. Harper can target the source of dysfunction and create a personalized treatment plan to bring your occlusion back into harmony.

Treatment Options

Dr. Harper has incorporated some of the latest dental technologies into his Poquoson dentist office to enable him to offer more accurate treatment and diagnosis of bite disorders such as TMJ.

Occlusal Equilibration

Known as bite correction therapy, this treatment option will bring the teeth into proper contact, allowing the jaw to open and close in its proper position and eliminates stress on the joints and resulting pain. The dentist will make a series of adjustments which may include:

TMJ Mouth Guard:

A custom mouth guard or dental splint may be used to alleviate specific symptoms, such as teeth grinding. Often times, the mouth guard or splint is used early in treatment and is not needed as a long term solution. A dental split can be helpful to help identify a comfortable and stable bite position.

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Conveniently located:

3 miles from:

  • Tysinger Mercedes Benz /Audi
  • Sentara Complex
  • I-64 exit 262

5 miles from:

  • Whole Foods
  • Port Warwick
  • Oyster Point
  • I-64 exit 256
  • NN/Williamsburg International Airport
  • Hampton Roads Academy

Contact

Harper Dental Care
235 Wythe Creek Road
Poquoson, VA 23662

New Patients 757.414.7227

Current Patients 757.868.8152

Hours

Monday : 7:45 am - 4:15 pm
Tuesday : 7:45 am - 4:15 pm
Wednesday : 7:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday : 7:00 am - 2:30 pm