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TMJ Dentistry Treatment to Relieve Severe Headaches, Jaw Pain, and ‘Popping’ along with Ringing in the Ears Fairfax VA

Kevin experienced a childhood accident which left his upper front teeth imbedded in his upper jaw. The trauma also may have affected the development of his face, leaving him with a shortened upper jaw, hidden teeth, and over-closure of the lower third of the face. His facial profile made him appear to have no upper teeth, and his lips were constantly dry and chapped, resulting in sores at the corners of his mouth. Kevin reported a lifetime of Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) signs and symptoms, including severe headaches every two to three days, Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) pain and popping noises. He was experiencing frequent ear congestion and constant ringing in the ears, called tinnitus. Kevin’s bite was uncomfortable, causing him to clench and grind his teeth. He had frequent neck pain and his posture was becoming increasingly distorted.

Dr. Rye used computer analysis to construct a custom, fixed temporary orthotic for him, designed to get him symptom-free before proceeding with any permanent cosmetic procedures. After a few months of wearing the orthotic, and without pain, clenching or grinding, Kevin decided to make a permanent change in his teeth that allowed us to correct his bite problems instantly and to get rid of the temporary, fixed orthotic. His TMD symptoms are gone, and Kevin has remained pain free now for over two years. Dr. Rye corrected his upper jaw deficiency by adding length to his teeth. He designed Kevin’s smile using a principle called the Golden Proportion, coined by Leonardo Da Vinci. Kevin has 28 beautiful, custom made, all- porcelain crowns and veneers. Notice how full and natural his smile is now, and how the lower third of his face is in the perfect proportion.

“It’s kind of nice to be the best smile amongst everybody.”

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