TMJ Treatment Fort Worth
Do you grind your teeth while sleeping at night? If you do, you may suffer from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome. Lake Country Dental in Fort Worth offers a variety of TMJ treatment options that can effectively manage and correct the condition. We understand how painful TMD can be and how agonizing the syndrome can become, which is why we listen to the needs of our patients and immediately address their concerns so further damage does not take place.
About TMJ Disorder
TMJ is the hinge that attaches your jaw to your skull. When a patient is diagnosed with having the syndrome, it means that their upper and lower jawbone and muscles are misaligned. The alignment issue can cause popping and locking in your upper-jaw, and is most commonly noticed when talking or chewing. The pain can often cause a person to have severe migraine headaches. We believe that every TMJ case is different, as every smile is unique. It is important to consult with our dentists if you are experiencing TMJ disorder symptoms so we can perform a comprehensive examination of your gums, teeth, and jaw.
Recognizing and diagnosing the joint condition in the early stages of development is critical to your health. If the disorder goes undiagnosed or is mistreated, irreversible damage can occur.
Symptoms of TMJ
You may suffer from TMD is you possess one or more of the following characteristics:
- Inability to open the mouth widely
- Snapping, clicking, or popping of the jaw
- Jaws that lock into an open or closed position
- Difficulty chewing or speaking
- Facial swelling
- Sagging or tightening of the facial muscles
- Tenderness or persistent pain in the face, neck, jaw, shoulders, ear
TMJ Treatment Options
Our dentists believe that by offering a variety of treatment options that range from custom made night-guards to oral surgery we can properly provide quality, comprehensive solutions to your condition. Our Fort Worth team may prescribe multiple treatments to relieve you of your minor pain and discomfort, prescribing surgical treatment as a last resort.
Some of the less invasive corrective and relief treatments include:
- Taking muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory medication, or non-aspirin pain reliever
- Applying heat or ice to the swollen or aching area
- Posture Training
- Physical Therapy
- Stress Management
For most TMJ disorder cases that we see at Lake Country Dental in Fort Worth, the symptoms related to TMD can be successfully treated to reduce or eliminate your discomfort.
We can treat your condition by fitting you mouth for a mouth guard appliance to correct the pressure placed on your jaw joint.
The mouth guard is helpful at elevating pain and protects your existing teeth from wear and tear due to grinding and clenching. If a mouth guard is not an effective solution, we may explore your need for oral surgery.
Our doctors use surgery as a last resort and do their best to offer relief in a less invasive manor.
As a board certified oral surgeon Dr. Snider has operated on hundreds of complex TMJ cases and makes your comfort and care a high priority.
Learn More About TMJ Disorders
Contact Lake Country Dental in Fort Worth to schedule an appointment with Dr. Snider and begin your journey towards finding relief.