April 15, 2017
How much pain does your TMJ disorder cause? Does it normally start with soreness in your jaw, then deepen into tooth pain? At times, your whole face has throbbed from your teeth all the way to your cheeks and ears. Sometimes the discomfort will even stretch to your neck, shoulders, and back. These unpleasant symptoms may be occurring because the function of your temporomandibular joints is off kilter. Your dentist in The Woodlands is here to help relieve these uncomfortable symptoms when you seek TMJ treatments from our office. At Bear Branch Family Dentistry, our dental professionals provide patients with much-needed relief as soon as possible.
What’s a TMJ?
Understanding what a “TMJ” is will help you better understand the disorder. Temporomandibular joints are triangle-shaped joints created from muscle and cartilage. They are located both sides of your head, just in front of your ears. These joints help your mouth open and close—a very important function for our everyday lives, right?
What’s TMJ disorder?
If your TMJ’s aren’t functioning correctly, we cannot function properly enough our bodies will be in pain when we try to eat, speak, or move our jaws at all. Your TMJ’s can become damaged for a multitude of reasons. The most common factors that cause TMJ disorder is extreme stress, an improper bite, or sudden trauma to areas around your head and mouth. Common indicators of TMJ disorder include:
- Constant, serious headaches
- Difficulty opening and closing your mouth
- Persistent body pain in the head, face, or neck
- Stiffness in your jaw
- Ringing or pressure in your ears
How does my dentist determine if I have TMJ disorder?
During your regular dental appointments, we encourage you to communicate clearly and open-mindedly with our dentists. This is the perfect opportunity to let us know if you’ve been experiencing any symptoms of TMJ disorder while your dentists conduct a thorough dental exam of your head, neck, and mouth. Signs that indicate TMJ disorder may be:
- Inexplicably weakened or damaged teeth
- Flatter teeth
- Fractured teeth
- Loose teeth
How can Bear Branch Family Dentistry help my TMJ disorder?
It’s practically impossible to stop a habit that takes place when you’re sleeping on your own. That’s why our practice offers TMJ treatment in The Woodlands with customized oral appliances. A custom oral appliance can provide relief by re-aligning your jaw, allowing it to open and close properly—and most importantly without pain! It will also prevent muscle spasms from exhausted TMJ’s. Eventually, the custom oral appliance will guide your jaw joints to their proper positions and accelerate the healing process.
If your TMJ’s continue to show signs of instability and dysfunction, your dentist may recommend a more severe dental procedure like an occlusal adjustment. We can remove specific teeth that are interfering with your healthy TMJ function. Your jaws will feel much more stable and have a bite that feels normal again!
Visit Bear Branch Family Dentistry Today!
If you’re experiencing face and mouth pain from suspected TMJ disorder, contact our office right away. We will be able to help identify the problem specifically and relieve your discomfort.
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