If you have temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome, and it affects your biting and chewing abilities, it’s important to seek professional treatment immediately. At TLN Family Dental, general and cosmetic dentists Tammeka Nickleberry, DDS, Courtney Jacocks, DDS, and Esther Oluwo, DDS, provide TMJ treatment to people of all ages. To make an appointment, call the nearest office in Houston or Pearland, Texas, or book online today.
TMJ treatment uses a combination of activity modification, oral appliances, and prescription medication, to relieve the uncomfortable symptoms caused by temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
Your temporomandibular joints are two pieces of cartilage that connect your jawbone to your skull. They act like hinges, allowing you to bite, chew, speak, and yawn. Sometimes, the temporomandibular joints become irritated or inflamed.
Consider TMJ treatment at TLN Family Dental if you experience any of the following symptoms:
As TMJ gets worse, you might also experience popping or clicking sensations when you open your mouth to bite, chew, or speak.
Several factors may increase your risk of TMJ, including:
If you experience chronic jaw pain or tenderness, and it doesn’t improve with at-home treatments, like ice and rest, make an appointment at TLN Family Dental promptly.
At TLN Family Dental, TMJ treatment begins with a review of your dental records, a discussion of your symptoms, and an oral exam. During the exam, your provider asks you to open and close your mouth, observes your jaw’s range of motion, and presses on your jaw to identify areas of swelling or tenderness.
Your provider also orders digital X-rays to get a better look at your teeth, jaw, and the soft tissues surrounding your temporomandibular joints. After gathering that information, your TLN Family Dental provider makes treatment recommendations.
TLN Family Dental offers various types of TMJ treatment, including:
If minimally invasive treatments don't provide lasting relief, your provider might recommend TMJ surgery. Your dentist uses special tools to repair or replace your damaged temporomandibular joint during TMJ surgery.
To see if you can benefit from TMJ treatment, make an appointment at TLN Family Dental by calling the nearest office or booking online today.