TMJ/TMD Therapy – Deer Park, TX
Laugh and Chew Without Pain
If there’s a problem with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which attaches the lower jaw to the head, you could end up living in constant pain. Eventually, you may not even be able to open or close your mouth all the way. To allow your jaw to function normally and free of pain again, you’ll need to have your TMJ disorder properly diagnosed and treated. Contact Deer Park Dental today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mosley so that he can get to the bottom of your discomfort.
Why Choose Deer Park Dental for TMJ/TMD Therapy?
- Friendly, Honest Dentist Who Cares About You
Diagnosis & Treatment
Since a TMJ disorder can have multiple causes, it’s important for us to understand the situation as clearly as possible before recommending any kind of treatment. Dr. Mosley will ask about your symptoms and closely examine your jaw to observe the range of motion and identify the specific areas where pain is present. X-rays and other advanced tools might be needed to make a diagnosis. The type of TMJ treatment we’ll recommend will vary depending on the underlying cause of the issue.
If your upper and lower teeth don’t align correctly, they can end up putting pressure on your TMJs. Over time, this can strain your jaw muscles and cause a disorder. We can correct this problem by adjusting your teeth (as well as other structures such as crowns) so that they fit together properly and function correctly. This procedure might involve removing a small amount of enamel, or it might mean adding material to your teeth.
An occlusal splint is a special kind of oral appliance that slightly props open the mouth. Doing so helps reposition the jaw so that it stays in a more comfortable resting position that relieves some of the tension in your TMJs. This type of treatment is also useful for patients who grind their teeth together at night. Not only can said grinding contribute to TMJ pain, but it can also wear down the teeth; an occlusal splint will help protect both your smile and your jaw.