We see many patients who come into our office with sore, aching jaws. Often this pain is caused by problems with their TMJs. Just as we’ve been able to help them, your dentist here at Starr General Dentistry can stop your jaw pain with Waco TMJ treatment. We can use a custom oral appliance to help you:Pain Relief for Your Jaw and Teeth Read Transcript
TMJ is something that is extremely prevalent. We have patients all the time come in and say, 'My jaw is popping or I'm having achiness or I wake up in the morning and feel like my teeth don't fit together the right way.' Your temporomandibular joint is something that can never be immobilized. If you were to hurt your knee, you could put it in a brace or if you broke your leg, you could put it in a cast. You can't not talk and you can't not yawn and you can't not chew and so it's a joint that is extremely overused. Education is a very important part of patients that suffer from TMJ disorder. Understanding things not to do, help the patient say, 'Oh, okay, now I get it.' And chewing gum, chewing food that requires extra chewing, constantly trying to stretch your joint out are some of the things that can exacerbate an already dysfunctional joint.
Ways of treating different temporomandibular joint disorders are occlusal splints and that is something that is a hard piece of acrylic, but oftentimes soft on the inner lining so it's very comfortable. Where patients are able to grind if they're a bruxer or a grinder, they're able to grind in the proper way. It also opens up that joint space and provides some relief. And it also prevents wearing of the opposing teeth. Teeth grinders can do a lot of damage to teeth and providing that splint protects those teeth.
- Relieve tension on your jaw and end your pain
- Make biting and chewing more comfortable again
- Stop lockjaw that can be frustrating and embarrassing
- Eliminate harmful teeth grinding that can damage your teeth
- Reduce headaches as well as neck and shoulder tension
Get the TMJ relief you’ve been searching for! Call the experts at Starr General Dentistry today at 254-401-0129 to schedule your consultation. You’ll find us at 6400 Cobbs Drive, Suite 500 – not far from Texas Farm Bureau.
Put an End to TMJ Discomfort
Your temporomandibular joints (TMJs) connect your jaw to your skull on either side of your head. These complex joints serve a vital role by allowing you to open and close your mouth for daily activities like talking, eating, and yawning. However, when they become irritated, the pain can be excruciating when you try to do these same activities. Everyday life can become a chore.
Starr General Dentistry offers lasting, effective relief from TMJ pain (also known as temporomandibular disorder, or TMD). We’ll develop a TMJ treatment plan customized to your needs. Often, this will involve fitting you with a custom oral appliance that will exert gentle pressure to move your lower jaw slightly forward. Worn while sleeping, this device relieves tension on your jaw joints and can greatly reduce or eliminate your jaw pain.
The appliance also keeps your teeth apart to prevent teeth grinding (or bruxism) while you sleep, which many people do without knowing it. Over time, teeth grinding can damage your tooth enamel, prompting the need for restorative dentistry to repair them.
Medication may also play a role in your treatment. Your dentist will look at all options to ensure that your treatment plan is effective for your individual situation.
For the Waco TMJ treatment you need to feel better, plan a visit to Starr General Dentistry soon. Call us today at 254-401-0129 or make an appointment .