Posts Categorized: TMJ

What Exactly is Occlusion?

At our dental offices in Manassas, Reston, Gainesville, and Fairfax, we’re often asked what certain technical dental terms mean, and we’re always happy to explain them. Which brings us to the topic of the day: Occlusion. What is occlusion? What are we looking at when we talk about it? Why does it matter? We’re glad… Read more »

Are Lip & Cheek Biting Actually Bad for You?

You know the feeling. You’re happily chewing away on your lunch, talking with a coworker when all of a sudden, you hear a crunch. You feel the pain. You realize you’ve just bit your cheek (or lip, or tongue — doesn’t really matter, it all hurts!). This painful accident can be an ongoing problem for… Read more »

Lockjaw vs. Jaw Lock: Are They The Same Thing?

Lockjaw and jaw lock are two very similar terms that could mean two very different things. While both insinuate the jaw becoming stuck, or ‘locked,’ and both can have similar symptoms, only one is actually related to dentistry. At our dental offices in Manassas, Reston, and Gainesville, we want to explain the difference between the… Read more »

Migraines and Your Dental Health

Each June the American Headache & Migraine Association (AHMA) observes Migraine & Headache Awareness Month to bring knowledge and understanding about these disorders that plague nearly one out of eight Americans. So what’s this have to do with our dental offices in Manassas, Reston, and Gainesville? More than you may think. What’s the Difference Between… Read more »

Holiday Stress and Your Teeth

It’s that time again. Time for feasts, family, shopping, and all the craziness the holidays bring. Between scheduling parties, buying presents, cooking food, and finding room for the in-laws who just told you last week they’re staying the whole month (ahh!!), stress levels are bound to be high. When we’re stressed, our bodies can become… Read more »

Therapeutic Care Approaches for TMJ Disorders

Headaches, muscle pain and tension, jaw popping, and even premature tooth wear can all be the effects of chronic TMJ disorders. Many times, patients don’t seek out therapeutic options until their pain is so severe that it interferes with their daily activities or lifestyle. A variety of approaches have been used in dentistry to treat… Read more »