TMJ /TMD Treatment
Pain in the jaw, jaw clicking, a locking jaw, and other associated symptoms could be caused by TMD, also known as TMJ disorder. Your temporomandibular joint is under constant strain, with talking, for chewing, when yawning, and when clenching --- which is something a lot of people do when under stress.
The longer you experience these symptoms the more chances of permanent damage to the jaw. You do not have to endure these painful symptoms. Available TMD treatment options from our dental office could help you reduce or even eliminate symptoms altogether. At Beautiful Lake Ridge Smiles, Dr. Carlos Wiesse and his team of dental professionals can help in a number of ways, many of which could be non-invasive, depending on the severity of your symptoms and TM damage.
What Causes TMD?
Common TMD symptoms, such as sore jaw, radiating jaw and ear pain, ringing in the ears (Tinnitus), jaw clicking, a locking jaw, headaches, and upper back and neck pain could be caused by a number of problems, including:
- Poor teeth position including an overbite. Lack of optimal jaw position could cause problems with the joint as well as associated muscles.
- Bruxism (grinding your teeth), which can continually aggravate TMD symptoms.
- Trauma to the head or mouth, including whiplash or jaw dislocation.
- Poor posture
- Hospital intubation
- Missing teeth
Because the Temporomandibular joint is continually used, TMD could be a chronic source of pain, particularly when you feel stress. If you want to overcome TMD pain and symptoms, Grand Prairie, TX dentist Dr. Wiesse can assess your situation and recommend TMD treatment that could make a major difference.
The dental team at Beautiful Lake Ridge Smiles would be happy to assess your symptoms and your jaw in order to look at potential causes and determine an appropriate treatment plan to help alleviate pain, deal with symptoms, and prevent ongoing problems with the jaw.
X-Rays, JVA joint analysis with specialized TMJ disorder equipment, range of motions tests, and medical history analysis are typically leveraged to help Dr. Wiesse determine an appropriate treatment plan, that’s initiated and then assessed to ascertain whether or not it’s effective for your distinct situation.
Treatment methods for TMD could include:
- Cold Laser and other pain relief help, including anti-inflammatory prescriptions
- Trigger point, nerve block, or Botox injections
- Orthotic dental appliances for TMD to help move the jaw into an optimal position as well as prevent nighttime teeth grinding
- Spray and stretch TMJ massage technique as well as jaw exercise recommendations
- Dental work to replace missing teeth and /or improve the bite and jaw positioning
Working with Beautiful Lake Ridge Smiles in Grand Prairie, TX
Not all TMD treatment dentists in Texas are the same. Varying degrees of training and investments in technology from TMD dentists could mean the difference between getting mild relief and dramatically reducing TMD pain.
At Beautiful Lake Ridge Smiles, Dr. Wiesse has invested in ongoing education and technology in this area of dentistry and is a fellow of the American Academy of Craniofacial pain. Dr. Wiesse and his team take the time to assess each patient individually to determine an appropriate and customized TMD treatment plan, which will be carried out over several phases. Wherever possible we opt for non-invasive treatments and we’ve had great success with helping patients reduce or even eliminate symptoms altogether.
A large number of people in Texas suffer with TMD symptoms, believing they can’t do anything other than suffer. Others have ongoing pain and symptoms, such as headaches and back pain that they are not aware are caused and /or exacerbated due to the Temporomandibular joint. Talk to us about your symptoms and get an assessment from Dr. Wiesse. Our dental office is known for caring, gentle dentistry and for giving our patients something to really smile about!