Neuromuscular dentistry - TMD Overview

As part of her dental practice, Dr. Naini also provides treatment for temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. TMD is a broad term for a collection of jaw conditions characterized by:

  • Pain in the face, jaw or teeth
  • Limitations in jaw movement

While not all causes are known, it is believed that TMD can be caused by various conditions such as

  • Injury to the jaw area
  • Arthritis
  • Dental procedures
  • Infections
  • Auto-immune diseases
  • Misalignment or over use of the jaw
  • Teeth grinding

TMD is difficult to diagnose because the symptoms of TMD mimic those of many other conditions. For example, facial pain can be a symptom of a sinus or ear infection, abscessed tooth, migraine, or any type of nerve-related facial condition. Dr. Naini has years of experience diagnosing and treating TMD. She will perform a complete medical evaluation including a detailed medical history and physical examination of your face, head, neck, and jaw areas before making a diagnosis and recommending a course of treatment.

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) reports that over 10 million people in the United States are currently suffering from TMD. Further, while both men and women experience TMD, 90% of the patients seeking treatment for TMD are women in their childbearing years. Research indicates that women seek treatment for TMD at a higher rate than men and that women are more likely than men to report ongoing pain associated with TMD. Significantly, research performed by the NIDCR has documented a correlation between hormone replacement therapy and oral contraceptive therapy with pain treatment. This may explain why more women tend to suffer symptoms and seek help for TMD pain.

Dr. Naini is experienced at treating the needs of female patients. Approximately 70% of her practice is female, and she has years of diagnosing and treating the dental problems specific to women.

"I have had a history of cavities as far back as I can recall. Whenever I'd go in for my teeth cleaning and checkup, the dentist would inform me I had new cavities. Since coming to Aesthetic Dental Spa, and Dr. Naini, that lifelong relationship with cavities has ended. My teeth are healthier than ever!"


– Leah and Cliff (NFL Player) Russell

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of TMD, please contact us today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Naini has been improving the smiles of patients in for Tyson's Corner, Vienna, Reston, Oakton, Herndon, Great Falls, McLean, Greenway, Potomac, Falls Church, Fairfax, Dunn Loring, Arlington, Annandale, Alexandria, and Cabin John, and Washington D.C. for over ten years.

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Alex M. Naini, DDS
Aesthetic Dental Spa
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