TMJ Treatment in Virginia Beach, VA
Constant jaw pain and chronic headaches have a negative effect on quality of life. People living in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Virginia’s eastern shore may seek TMJ treatment by Drs. Savage, Sabol & Visser to relieve pain associated with Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.
What is TMJ Disorder?
Temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull. These are the joints that allow your mouth to open and close. A common problem for millions of people with this joint is temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). It can be a contributing factor to chronic facial and neck pain along with recurring, painful headaches.
What Causes TMJ Disorder?
There are many causes of TMJ disorder including constant jaw clinching, trauma to the area, and even congenital issues with the structure of the jaws. Because the cause may be different for each patient, it is important to diagnose the cause to effectively treat it.
How is TMJ Treated with Orthodontics?
Orthodontics has been shown to improve most TMJ problems, especially when the issue is caused by tooth or jaw misalignment or a poor bite. Once the orthodontic treatment is complete, patients notice a significant reduction, if not an elimination, of pain associated with TMJ disorder.
Does TMJ Treatment Hurt?
TMJ treatment with orthodontics is not painful; however, there may be some slight discomfort if braces are worn to correct this cause of the jaw pain. This pain typically occurs immediately following adjustments necessary to shift teeth into proper alignment. It is minimal and resolves itself within a day or two.
How Much Does TMJ Treatment Cost in Virginia Beach?
The cost of TMJ treatment varies with each patient based on the treatment selected to correct the issue and the best course of treatment to relieve the pain. During a complimentary consultation and evaluation of the jaws, our orthodontists discuss the costs along with payment and financing options. We accept cash, debit cards, and major credit cards in addition to offering in-house financing and financing through CareCredit®. Additionally, because TMJ treatments may be considered medically necessary to relieve pain, health insurance may provide some coverage for treatment. It is also possible for dental insurance plans to provide orthodontic coverage. We can help patients determine if their plans provide any coverage to offset the cost and reduce out-of-pocket expenses.
How Do I Know If I Need TMJ Treatment?
The best way to determine if you need TMJ treatment is to schedule an appointment with Drs. Savage, Sabol & Visser for an evaluation of your jaws, bite, and teeth. Using digital x-rays and scans, they may pinpoint whether the cause of your jaw pain and headaches is related to TMJ disorder.
Drs. Savage, Sabol & Visser offer TMJ treatment to people living in and around Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Virginia’s eastern shore who suffer from severe jaw and neck pain as well as chronic headaches. Contact us today for a complimentary consultation.
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