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Fairfax, McLean, and Washington, D.C. — TMJ Treatment by Our Neuromuscular Dentist

Many people who suffer from headaches, chronic neck or facial pain, or even ringing in the ears do not know that their bite may be to blame. Only a trained neuromuscular dentist can tell if an incorrect bite is causing these problems. Our state-of-the-art application of neuromuscular techniques can help relieve such pain, and the results are often immediate, dramatic, and life-changing! Patients throughout Northern Virginia, as well as the McLean / Washington, D.C. area, visit our Fairfax practice for TMJ treatment from our specialist and neuromuscular dentist, D. Gordon Rye, D.D.S.

TMJ Specialist Northern Virginia


What is the difference between TMJ and TMD?

What Causes TMD?

Although it is not known exactly what causes TMD, there are many factors that can lead to TMJ-related problems. Stress, a misaligned bite, injury, arthritis, or a combination of these factors can lead to pain and discomfort associated with TMD. Clenching or grinding of the teeth, called bruxism, can also cause muscle fatigue, spasms, and pain. Over time, these problems can affect the joints, resulting in tissue damage and even more pain.

It is important to have this condition properly diagnosed by a trained TMJ specialist who can ensure patients receive the proper treatment. Patients living in Northern Virginia, including Fairfax and the McLean / Washington, D.C. area, should contact TMJ specialist and neuromuscular dentist D. Gordon Rye, D.D.S. to schedule an examination.

What is TMJ Disorder (TMD)?

TMJ disorder (TMD) refers to a range of conditions that affect the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which is the point at which the jaw opens and closes. These conditions also affect the nerves and muscles of the face, and can lead to chronic pain and other problems. Symptoms of TMJ disorder include:

  • Headaches

  • Jaw pain

  • Neck and shoulder pain

  • Clicking, popping, or grinding when moving the jaws

  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

  • Earache without an infection

  • Grinding teeth

  • Restricted range of movement, “locking” of the jaw, or difficulty opening or closing the mouth

Case Studies


TMD Treatment Can Relieve Trigger Thumb Among Other Ailments

Pauline contacted our office complaining that her jaw was locking up on one side, making it difficult for her to eat. She described headaches, shoulder and neck aches, and explained that she was taking medication for the pain, but she did not know what was causing the pain. At her first appointment, she told us

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TMJ Dentistry to Relieve Headaches and Jaw Pain Fairfax VA

“My headaches are gone, Dr. Rye changed my life.”

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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.

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TMJ Dental Treatment Plan for Debilitating Headaches, Neck Pain and Teeth Grinding Fairfax VA

Kitty came to the office seeking minor corrections to her already pretty smile. However, in her initial consult she described frequent debilitating headaches, neck pain, sensitive teeth, clenching and grinding – all symptoms consistent with Temporomandibular Disorder (DMD). Our exam revealed fractured and worn teeth.

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In Depth

Smile Rejuvenation for a Non-surgical Dental Facelift

“I was impressed with the warm atmosphere of the office and it appeared very efficient. I also appreciated the time that was spent with me, never felt rushed or pressured to make a decision about possible treatment.”AnonymousMany of the methods used to treat TMJ disorders, restore dental structures, and improve the bite also lead to an improved facial appearance. In fact, patients frequently report a lifting effect to the face

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TMJ Treatment

“I was more than pleased with my visit and meeting Dr. Rye and his office staff. The office procedure was very smooth and Dr. Rye took his time in his examination and was very thorough in same. I look forward to my next visit in 2 weeks for a treatment analysis.”Mary CTreatment to improve TMJ symptoms may include reshaping or straightening the teeth, use of muscle relaxants, or the use

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How Our Neuromuscular Dentist Can Help

“It was my first time having my teeth cleaned by Dr. Rye’s Office. Susan, the Dental Hygienist, did an exceptional job. She was thorough and caring. I highly recommend Dr. Rye’s Office and his Team.”Stephen HTMJ-related problems are typically caused by an improper bite (occlusion), which puts excess strain on the muscles of the face and joints in the jaw. A traditional dentist is primarily concerned with how the teeth

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