TMJ Treatment Norfolk VA

Dr. Cappy Sinclair provides comprehensive treatment options for patients suffering from TMJ pain and TMD disorders. The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects the upper and lower jaw and is responsible for the opening and closing of the mouth. TMJ disorder is the term used to define a wide variety of potential issues affecting the jaw joint, muscles in the face, neck, and surrounding nerves.

If you suffer from frequent headaches, facial pain, worn teeth or difficulty chewing, you may have a TMJ disorder. Often the result of an imbalance in the bite, TMJ can result in painful symptoms and compromise overall oral health. Common TMJ symptoms of a TMJ disorder can include:

  • Frequent headaches or migraine headaches
  • Shoulder, neck, facial, or jaw pain
  • Clicking or popping when opening or closing jaw
  • Locked jaw or limited mobility in the jaw joint
  • Teeth clenching, teeth grinding, often accompanied by worn, chipped or broken teeth
  • Pain around the ears or earaches
  • Teeth grinding

TMJ Treatment Norfolk, VA

Dr. Sinclair will thoroughly evaluate your dental health at his Virginia Beach, VA dentist office. This will include the jaw joints and bite then he will recommend a TMJ treatment to address an imbalance, tooth damage or painful symptoms. Treatment may include:

  • Occlusal equilibration, making changes to the fit of the bite by reshaping and/or removing tooth structure
  • Splint therapy
  • TMJ Mouthguard
  • Orthodontics (Such as Invisalign)

Depending on the severity of your symptoms or tooth damage, a combination of the above treatment options may be necessary to restore overall dental health and a comfortable, functional smile.

Our Technology

At our office, we strive to offer the latest in dental technology. That’s why we’re one of the few offices in the area to use digital bite analysis. The T-Scan is used to easily analyze the bite of a patient.

Digital Bite Analysis

Traditional bite analysis methods are less than exact. Doing a visual examination may not give a clear picture of how exactly your bite comes together. Articulating paper isn’t fully accurate either. While this allows the dentist to see the contact that teeth are making with the paper, it doesn’t show the strength of these connections or what order the teeth make contact when your bite comes together.

With the T-Scan, the dentist can easily see all of these factors. Digital software and a sensor are used to record both the force and the timing of the bite. All you have to do is bite down on the said sensor. The data is instantly sent to a computer and we’re able to determine if you have TMJ disorders or other bite problems.