TMJ Therapy An Overview

TMJ is a chronic pain condition affecting the alignment and compromising the function of the temporomandibular joint. Chronic headaches, persistent teeth grinding and facial muscular pain are side effects of TMD. TMJ is commonly misdiagnosed and when left untreated can cause damage to the teeth, gums, and jaw. The pain associated with TMJ may also begin to detract from the quality of life.

An LVI Global-Alumni, Dr. Ahrabi has taken hours of advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ disorders. The Los Vegas Institue of advanced dental education is a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of TMD related dental health concerns. Dr. Ahrabi is highly trained and experienced in helping patients gain control over their chronic jaw pain.

Signs & Symptoms of TMJ

  • Difficulty or pain when chewing or swallowing

  • Earaches or ringing ears

  • Face

  • neck

  • shoulder and back pain

  • Jaw clicking

  • popping or locking

  • Jaw pain and tension

  • Numbness or tingling in the hands or fingers

The temporomandibular joint connects the jaw to the skull. The health of this joint is essential for the proper and comfortable function of the bite. When the joint becomes compromised from misalignment, grinding, or trauma, it can become difficult to chew, speak, or focus. Densely packed with connective tissues and nerves, damage to this area can cause chronic pain conditions such as headaches and jaw pain.

TMJ Therapy What to Expect

TMJ is a complex disorder that commonly requires a combination of restorative dental treatments to fully rehabilitate the function of the jaw and restore comfort. Dr. Ahrabi treats each patient on an individual basis. Together, you will build a treatment plan that will address the cause of the jaw malfunction to relieve the symptoms of TMD. Treatment will vary and depend on the patient’s personal oral health, alignment issues, lifestyle, and budget.


Treatment Options for TMJ

Oral Sleep Appliance

An oral sleep appliance can be custom designed and fit to help realign the jaw during sleep. The custom sleep device will prevent the jaw from grinding during the night and will protect the teeth and gums from future damage. An oral sleep appliance is ideal for patients experiencing jaw pain associated with bruxism.


Dr. Ahrabi is a certified Oakton, VA Invisalign provider. Invisalign is used to realign crooked teeth and correct malocclusion. Invisalign has effectively been used to alleviate symptoms of TMJ caused by bite misalignment. Invisalign is discreet, comfortable and effective.

Change in lifestyle habits

Exercise, yoga, and other therapeutic activities can help patients release stress and tension to prevent jaw clenching or grinding. Dr.Ahrabi may make other recommendations of changes that may help alleviate TMJ pain.

TMJ Therapy FAQs

There is no one singular cause of TMJ related pain. There are a number of common factors that can contribute to a TMD and bite dysfunction:

  • Malocclusion

  • Jaw joint is out of alignment due to muscle tension

  • Joint cartilage is damaged by arthritis

  • Trauma to the jaw

  • Teeth grinding

  • Habitual jaw clenching

  • Stress or hormonal changes

Dr. Abbas Ahrabi is a graduate of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, a leading school in neuromuscular dentistry. He has received countless hours of advanced training to further his knowledge of the musculoskeletal facial system. Using state of the art dental technology, Dr. Ahrabi offers precise diagnosis and personalized treatment plans for helping patients recover from TMJ related symptoms.

Dr. Abbas Ahrabi

Why choose Oakton Dental Center?

Oakton Dental Center provides personalized oral health care for patients and families in the Oakton, VA area and many surrounding Northern VA communities. Dr. Ahrabi has over 15 years of experience and maintains a commitment to continuing education in all aspects of dentistry.

As a team of dental professionals, we are committed to the health, beauty, and longevity of your smile. Through comprehensive care and individualized oral hygiene, we can help you to maintain, restore or enhance your natural smile.