Our Houston TMJ dentist provides diagnosis and treatment for patients suffering from temporomandibular joint disorders. TMJ disorders, which affect the joints that connect the jaws to the skull, have a variety of causes and can result in discomfort, loss of jaw mobility, and other problems. Although some patients may obtain improvement from lifestyle changes, treatment by our dentist can offer relief in persistent cases of TMJ. Prompt treatment can also help prevent progression of TMJ complications in the long term.
TMJ can result from stress, bruxism, bite irregularities, or physical trauma. In many cases, TMJ is caused by nighttime teeth grinding related to daytime stress. Some patients suffer TMJ because of rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. Symptoms of TMJ include pain in and around the jaw joints, clicking and grinding sounds, sensations upon moving the jaws, headache, and neck pain. Many patients suffer increased symptoms when they move their mouth as they speak or chew. Left untreated, TMJ can worsen and eventually result in loss of jaw strength and inability to open or close the jaw.
Our TMJ dentist in Houston may treat TMJ with recommendations for lifestyle changes or clinical treatments. By reducing stress, some patients may experience reduction or elimination of symptoms. When TMJ results from nighttime teeth grinding, our dentist may prescribe the use of a custom mouthpiece that guards against damage. Our Houston TMJ dentist may also prescribe corticosteroids, anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, or arthrocentesis. Severe cases of TMJ that do not respond to these treatment methods may benefit from surgery.
Prompt diagnosis of TMJ can help pinpoint effective treatments so that patients can regain quality of life and avoid serious complications of this disorder. Depending on symptoms, our TMJ dentist in Houston may use X-rays, physical examination, and consideration of medical history in determining the course of treatment. After receiving treatment for TMJ, patients may benefit from taking steps to reduce stress and limiting consumption of very hard or chewy foods. To learn more about TMJ and our treatment options, patients can schedule a consultation with our Houston dentist.
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