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Patients diagnosed with a condition such as TMJ or TMD will often find that there are treatment options available to them to relieve them of jaw pain and other discomfort associated with this condition. Dr. Daniel Bearley and his team of professionals at Bearley Dental in Charlottesville, Virginia, provide solutions for patients who are seeking jaw pain relief or TMJ headache treatment.

What is TMJ/TMD?

Dr. Daniel Bearley describes TMJ as an acronym for “temporomandibular joint,” which is the joint that hinges the lower jaw to the skull. This joint tends to become problematic for patients, causing pain and locking of the jaw in the open or closed position. When patients are dealing with chronic problems associated with their TMJ, they are sometimes diagnosed with a condition called TMD or “temporomandibular joint disorder.” This condition significantly impacts a patient’s quality of life, as it can result in:

  • Chronic headaches and migraines
  • Jaw pain and discomfort
  • Sore muscles around the temporomandibular joint
  • Pain radiating from the ears down to the neck and shoulders
  • Locking of the jaw in the open or closed position

What can be done for TMJ jaw treatment?

Dr. Daniel Bearley and his team in Charlottesville, VA, evaluate patients to determine what treatment option is best for them. Treatment may differ depending on the severity of the condition and what has worked in the past for the patient in managing pain and discomfort. The most common type of treatment is that of oral appliance therapy, which uses a specialized mouthguard during the day or night to realign the jaw and reduce the tension in the temporomandibular joint. This tension relief can alleviate pain around the area and reduce chronic headaches and migraines associated with TMJ/TMD. The dentist may also recommend specific exercises or massages to minimize discomfort in the jaw area as well.

Are you ready for jaw pain relief from TMJ/TMD conditions?

Charlottesville, VA area patients are welcome to call Dr. Daniel Bearley and his team at Bearley Dental to discuss their options for treatment. Call (434) 443-8034 today to request a visit at 901 Preston Avenue, Suite #200.

Dr. Daniel Bearley
Dr. Daniel Bearley is a general dentist from central Pennsylvania. He graduated from Penn State University in 1997. Having completed nine years as a chemical engineer, he decided on a profession that offered more interpersonal relationships and a better work/life balance. After attending the University of Minnesota, he earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2012.

Dr. Bearley has owned his Charlottesville, Virginia, dental practice since 2014, which he has been transforming since 2018 to offer more positive, authentic, and engaging relationships focused on comprehensive dentistry. He has continued dental education at the Pankey Institute. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Virginia Dental Association, and Pankey Alumni.