TMJ Treatment in Bellaire, Houston
Get in touch with Houston dentist Dr. Kathy Frazar DDS about your TMJ treatment
Do you experience pain when you are speaking, chewing, yawning, or any other motion that requires opening your mouth? Are your cheeks or jaw sore? If so, you may be experiencing pain caused by a TMJ disorder. TMJ disorders can be extremely painful and debilitating. Houston TMJ dentists Dr. Kathy Frazar and Dr. Hedge have extensive experience with helping patients finally get the relief they need from TMJ pain using a variety of TMJ therapy treatments.
You may spend most of your life unaware of the important little triangular-shaped joints located in front of your ears. Lined with cartilage, these joints move with a smooth, gliding motion. Under normal conditions, they join your lower jaw and temporal bone, allowing your mouth to open and close easily. However, stress or an improper bite can cause the joints to dysfunction, exposing nerve endings to create pain. In fact, the temporomandibular joint is highly sensitive to overall physical, emotional, and psychological stress. It is affected by the mechanics of your bite and the condition of your jaw muscles. A little extra stress, a little extra fatigue, a little change in your bite, and you may temporarily knock the whole system out of balance. The resulting TMJ disorder, or TMD, can create a variety of mild to severe symptoms, from jaw clicking and minor discomfort to sharp pain in your temple, ear, neck, and shoulders. The condition is very common in our culture, so we evaluate every patient for TMJ dysfunction at their regular dental exam. If we detect a problem, our goals are to arrest it, protect teeth from further damage, and correct underlying bite misalignment.
Symptoms of TMJ
People who are suffering from a TMJ disorder often experience symptoms such as:
- Jaw pain
- Jaw clicking/popping
- Jaw getting stuck/locking up
- Pain in the cheeks
- Pain when eating or speaking
- Sharp pains or a dull ache
- Pain that feels similar to an ear ache
- Headaches or migraines
- Neck aches
- Facial swelling
If you are experiencing any of these TMJ disorder symptoms, it is important to see a TMJ dentist as soon as possible. There is no need to live with the pain of a TMJ disorder when there are several treatments available.
Good nutrition will help the joint heal more quickly; good posture will also help relieve discomfort. A straight back, relaxed neck, and side-sleeping position are also helpful. To relieve soreness, light temple and jaw massage will stimulate circulation and relax the muscles. If pain is present, we suggest alternating moist heat and cold for 20 minutes to further increase circulation. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, or analgesics can be very helpful, as well. For more information about a Houston TMJ dentist that can treat your TMJ disorder, TMD, or neuromuscular dentistry problem, call our Houston dentists. Our dentists want to help you receive the relief you deserve.
What Are My TMJ Treatment Options?
As any TMJ sufferer knows, it is a painful and inconvenient condition. The good news is, our office has several options for TMJ treatment Houston, TX. Our top priority is helping you feel better as quickly as possible.
When you come in for your appointment with Dr. Hedge or Dr. Frazar, you will have the opportunity to describe the symptoms you are experiencing. Your dentist will then ask questions about your health history to discover any possible causes for the pain you are experiencing. Then, your dentist will complete a thorough physical exam to determine the cause of your pain and formulate a treatment plan.
- If your TMJ pain is due to a problem with your bite or jaw, using a bite device may be the best method of treatment. By correcting your bite or preventing teeth grinding, your dentist can alleviate the stress being placed on your jaw.
- If the pain is due to arthritis or another condition, we can recommend several pain relief treatments. These can include methods such as choosing softer foods, using moist heat or ice packs, changing your sleeping position, or getting a prescription for pain relief medication.
- We can also recommend practical ways to manage stress that may be causing TMJ pain.
Dr. Frazar and Dr. Hedge are experienced TMJ dentists who provide effective TMJ treatment Houston, TX. If you are experiencing TMJ-like symptoms, know that there are several options available to help you get the relief you need. Call today to schedule an appointment with The Houston Doctors.
Therapy may involve:
- Fitting you with a physiologic bite appliance
- Suggesting ways to alleviate stress
- Recommending symptom relief measures
TMJ Treatment Care
Typically, TMJ patients need to focus on the following:
- NO chewing gum or hard candy
- NO chewy food
- Take small bites
- Alternate chewing between both sides of the mouth