TMJ, we only treat patients that are having the mild symptoms with the TMJ or like, early symptoms. We treat them with night guards in the office. If they are more advanced, we have specialists that we refer them out to and we have two specialists that we routinely refer out to so they can take care of that problem. And it's not a lot of patients that have that TMJ issue going on to the level that they need the specialist care. Most of them have only mild symptoms and we do take care of them in-office. Usually it's like the nighttime grinding that causes the TMJ because they're obviously grinding at night. That puts a lot of load on the TMJ and once they have the night guard, the muscles get to relax, and then the symptoms go away on its own.
Do you experience frequent jaw pain? Do you grind your teeth involuntarily while you sleep? If you think you could benefit from a TMJ treatment or teeth grinding solution, contact Creekview Family Dentistry today! At our Lewisville, TX office, our dentists will help relieve your pain and allow your jaw to rest and heal with a custom night guard!
TMJ Disorder And Teeth Grinding Explained
TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is just a scientific term for your jaw joint. Because of the complexity of the joint and how frequently we use it, a lot of issues can occur and cause discomfort.
For a proper TMJ disorder (TMD) diagnosis, you should visit our Lewisville, TX office. That said, there are some common symptoms of TMD. If you are experiencing any of these issues, you may be suffering from TMD:
- Pain, tenderness, or swelling in your jaw
- A jaw that “locks up” or gets stuck while opening your mouth widely
- Popping sounds while opening and closing your mouth
- Difficulty opening your mouth wide
- Frequent migraines and headaches
Teeth grinding can also inflame your TMJ because it prevents the joint from healing and resting. Just because you grind your teeth doesn’t mean you have TMD, however. Stress, an abnormal bite, and sleep apnea can all lead to teeth grinding.
Relieve Your Jaw Pain With A Custom Night Guard
Whether you suffer from TMD, teeth grinding, or both, we can help by providing a custom night guard! Just wear the night guard while you sleep and it will prevent teeth grinding, clenching, and other issues. This will also allow your TMJ to rest and heal as it should.
Dr. Mathew cares about long-term dental health and demonstrates that concern through membership in different professional organizations like American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Texas Dental Association and Dallas County Dental Society.