TMJ & TMD Treatment
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems or disorders (TMD) can be painful and impact your jaw function. The temporomandibular or jaw joint includes bone, cartilage, tendons, muscles, ligaments and nerves that can be affected by stress or strain from a variety of issues. At Haven Dentistry, our experienced dentists can help diagnose TMJ or TMD and uncover the cause of these oral conditions. We offer effective TMJ & TMD treatment at our dental center near Aliana in Richmond, TX.
TMJ/TMD can be caused by anything that puts stress on the jaw point. Conditions like bruxism (teeth grinding) can put unnecessary stress on the jaw joint, causing inflammation or strain on the soft tissues. Clenching your jaw due to stress can also cause or irritate TMJ. Other issues like missing teeth, bite misalignment, malocclusions and other dental issues can put stress on the jaw joint. In some cases, TMJ is caused by genetic or anatomical problems in the jaw.
Symptoms of TMJ or TMD can become worse over time. Some of the most common signs of a jaw joint disorder include:
- Popping or locking in the jaw when opening/closing the mouth
- Jaw or facial pain
- Headaches or migraines
- Earaches or vertigo
- Pain when chewing
The symptoms may worsen and become severe without treatment. If you have been diagnosed with TMD or have some of these symptoms, come see us at Haven Dentistry for TMJ/TMD treatment.
Jaw Pain, Facial Pain Relief!
For relief from TMJ/TMD, a comprehensive dental exam is needed to determine if there are any problems with your teeth that are contributing to your disorder. Our dentists use advanced options in digital imaging to examine your internal oral structure. A thorough inspection of your teeth and alignment are also completed. If there are uneven teeth that are causing stress on the jaw joint, fixing these issues may offer jaw and facial pain relief from TMD.
For others with TMD, treatment with a nightguard may be appropriate. A nightguard can prevent teeth grinding or jaw clenching at night that can worsen TMJ/TMD.
If you have jaw or facial pain caused by TMJ, come see us at Haven Dentistry. We offer TMD/TMJ treatment for pain relief at our dental center in Richmond, TX.