Get Relief for TMJ and Jaw Pain
Are you suffering from chronic jaw pain? Have you cracked one of your teeth due to teeth grinding? If so, you may be suffering from a condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD or TMJ disorder). The condition affects many people and when left untreated, can cause jaw fatigue and pain in the jaw. When people experience problems with their temporomandibular joint, or jaw joint, they often complain of teeth grinding, pain in the jaw and facial muscles, headaches and migraines, popping sounds when chewing, and lockjaw.
What Causes TMJ?
The exact cause of TMJ is not known, but there are several conditions that contribute to the disorder. Some of the conditions include:
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Straining the jaw from eating improperly or from malocclusion (bad bite)
- Injury to the jaw
In addition to the conditions listed above, TMJ may be affected and influenced by your genes. Women are often more prone to the condition than men. Even though the exact reasoning behind the condition cannot be identified, there are a number of treatments available to relieve pain.
Treatment for Your TMJ Disorder
Dr Fred Thompson DDS specializes in a variety of treatment options for TMD and teeth grinding. When you work with our TMJ dentists in Dallas, we will provide you with the right treatment plan to ensure you get relief from the condition. Life doesn’t have to be painful!
At the office of Dr. Fred Thompson DDS, we find that many patients can find relief with some simple changes, such as eating softer foods or sleeping in a different position to prevent teeth grinding and clenching in your sleep. Many of the simple fixes are just right to provide relief and remove strain from the jaw joint.
When it is determined that a change in habits will not alleviate the pain from your TMJO, your dentist and his team may recommend splint therapy. The splints, or mouthguards, are placed over your teeth to help pull the jaw into the correct position and prevent straining. Whether you need a mouthguard during the day or at nighttime, we will custom make one to fit you perfectly. The mouthguard or nightguard will fit snugly to provide you with all-day and all-night protection.
If you are in need of more therapy or if these solutions are not working for you, we will refer you to a highly knowledgeable and experienced orthodontist or orthopedic surgeon for treatment.
Most of the time, simple solutions and splint therapy can correct a TMJ problem, and rarely does surgery need to be performed. If we are able to catch the condition early on, changes can be made to prevent the disorder from causing you pain or progressing. If you have a question about TMJ disorder or find that you grind your teeth, give Dr. Fred Thompson DDS a call today at (972) 231-2576. You can also fill out our convenient appointment form, and one of our team members will give you a call back shortly.