TMJ Treatment An Overview
Jacob Grapevine DDS Signature Dentistry in Frisco, TX offers comprehensive treatment options for patients suffering from TMJ Disorders, headaches, jaw pain and other TMJ related problems. Dr. Jacob Grapevine has special training and experience working with patients suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, commonly known as TMJ. He is among a small group of medical professionals that have experience with this complex disorder, which is characterized by pain and limited mobility in the jaw and surrounding tissue. Dr. Grapevine completed post graduate training to be able to diagnosis and treat TMJ dysfunction.
The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the joint that acts like a sliding hinge because it connects your jawbone to your skull. This joint is present on both sides of your jaw and is responsible for the opening and closing of the mouth. TMJ disorder, or TMD, is a catch all term for a wide variety of potential issues affecting the jaw joint, muscles in the face, neck, and surrounding nerves. TMJ disorder can cause some people a lot of pain in their jaw joints and the surrounding muscles.
Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
The symptoms of TMJ disorder vary greatly between patients. TMJ symptoms often mask themselves or are similar to those of other medical conditions, making diagnosis extremely difficult. Some patients experience TMJ pain, other signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders include:
- Frequent headaches or migraine headaches
- Shoulder, neck, facial, jaw pain
- Clicking or popping when opening or closing jaw
- Locked jaw or limited mobility in the jaw joint
- Teeth clenching, teeth grinding, often accompanied by worn, chipped or broken teeth
- Chronic earaches
TMJ Treatment What to Expect
Because TMJ disorders are so complex, there is no single course of TMJ treatment. After a comprehensive oral examination and diagnostic x-rays, Dr. Grapevine will make a diagnosis and treatment plan. Treatment options will depend on the severity of your dental concern, possible tooth damage and an assessment of your overall lifestyle. It could take one or several treatments at our Frisco, TX dentist office to correct the instability and repair any damage to teeth or gums. Our goal is to treat TMJ by gently and naturally bringing the head, neck, jaw and bite into proper alignment.
TMJ Night Guard – Dr. Grapevine offers custom mouth guards to restore a healthy bite and relieve your pain. A TMJ mouth guard is a removable oral appliance that helps to keep the teeth and jaw in proper position. Usually worn during sleep, and night guard may also prevent teeth grinding or clenching which can lead to tooth wear and contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. TMJ treatment through splints, mouth guards and night guards can help to alleviate the most common symptoms of TMJ dysfunction and prevent damage to the teeth and gums.
Bite Correction Procedures – Occlusal equilibration, (bite correction or TMJ correction), is the process of adjusting the alignment of the teeth for optimal fit. The teeth should line up so that they make even contact with one another, creating a low-stress bite. Frisco, TX dentist Dr. Grapevine will us bite correction to alleviate the symptoms of TMD such as sore jaw, headaches, teeth clenching, and more. Most of the time the TMD and TMJ pain are caused by an improper occlusion.
Schedule a Consultation
Are you looking for a dentist that offers TMJ treatment in the Frisco, TX, Plano, TX and Dallas, TX area? Schedule a consultation today with Dr. Grapevine if you think you may be suffering from TMJ disorder.