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Las Colinas TMJ Treatment

TMJ pain can dramatically impact your day to day activities. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) located on either side of your lower jaw, just in front of your ears, is responsible for moving in a variety of different directions. When it doesn’t function properly, everything from eating to talking can be painful. If you are suffering from jaw pain in Las Colinas, contact our dentist today and begin your journey to jaw pain relief.

What is TMJ Disorder?

Although it’s fairly common to occasionally strain your TMJ, disorder of the joint is quite less common. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD or TMJD) occurs when either the joint is structurally damaged or surrounding tissues are impinging on the joint’s natural movements.

When you have TMJD, you can’t do things the same way you used to. From the texture of the food you choose to how wide you open to brush your teeth, the condition is practically impossible to ignore.

Symptoms of TMD/TMJD

Not all of the symptoms of TMJ disorder are related to jaw pain. Albeit most of our Las Colinas TMJ therapy patients will reach out to us because of the chronic discomfort. During your exam, we’ll screen for specific warning signs such as:

Chronic headaches or migraines

Clicking or popping in the joint

Deviation to one side when opening/closing

Limited range of motion

Inability to fully open your mouth

Pain in your face, neck, shoulders, or back

Bruxism (clenching and grinding)

Flat, worn teeth

Lifestyle concerns, such as stress

Sleep apnea

Irregular biting patterns, such as crowding

woman with TMJ disorder

What Causes TMJ Disorder?

Your TMJ moves thousands of times a day. Every time you eat, speak, yawn, or smile, your TMJ is moving in different directions. But atypical movements due to fatigue or outlying factors can gradually take a toll on your joints. As musculoskeletal pain and irregular movements take hold, your TMJ can no longer function the way it’s supposed to. Anything from traumatic injuries to misaligned teeth can contribute to jaw pain. Secondary health issues such as sleep apnea or bone disease can also play a direct role in the onset of TMJ disorder.

Treatments for TMJ Disorder in Las Colinas

One of the least invasive ways to treat TMJ pain and prevent recurring musculoskeletal stress is to wear a custom occlusal device. These TMJ splints or bite guards train your muscles to relax by placing a small amount of space between your upper and lower teeth. In turn, they also prevent excessive enamel wear and fractured teeth. Depending on when your symptoms tend to flare up, it may be best to sleep in your night guard or to have a more streamlined splint created to wear on your commute home from work. Our TMJ appliances are tailored to the unique lifestyle needs of our patients.

If sleep apnea or misaligned teeth have a role to play, we can also address those co-existing conditions for a holistic treatment approach.

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