TMJ Treatment Flower Mound, TX

Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) are bite disorders caused by an injury, imbalance, or stress on the TMJ. The TMJ connects the skull and the jawbone. If patients develop TMD, these joints can create pain in the jaw and face. TMD can significantly impact your quality of life, so seeking treatment from a qualified healthcare provider is essential. Our office provides restorative dental care and TMJ treatment in Flower Mound, TX.

TMJ treatment can address tooth wear, jaw pain, headaches, and other symptoms of TMD. Our team is dedicated to helping patients find relief from these symptoms and regain function. We offer personalized treatment plans that may include dental splints and injections. 

TMD in Flower Mound, TX

Signs of TMJ Disorders

Some of the most common symptoms of TMD to look out for include: 

  • Teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism)
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Tooth pain and wear
  • Jaw pain
  • A change in how the teeth fit together
  • Ear pain
  • Pain when eating hard foods

These problems can increase your risk of TMJ issues:

  • Arthritis
  • Stress 
  • Tooth damage and wear
  • Jaw injury

Many patients do not realize they have TMD because symptoms may seem subtle, and many can occur at night. Nightly teeth clenching and grinding, or bruxism, is a common TMD symptom. An imbalance in the TMJ can put uneven pressure on the bite and the jaw joints. As a result, you may feel the need to clench and grind your teeth.

Everyday stress can also impact you during the day. When stressed, you may find yourself clenching your teeth without realizing it.

Contact our office if you think you may have TMD; we will examine your smile to find the right treatment for your needs. We will take dental X-rays to examine your teeth, gums, and jaw and find areas of wear in your smile.

TMJ Treatment in Flower Mound, TX

Before TMJ treatment, we take X-rays to find areas of TMJ damage and tooth wear. We will also examine your bite and how your teeth come together. Common TMJ treatment options

TMJ Nightguard

We can create custom-made nightguards for patients who experience bruxism. Up to 1 in 3 Americans suffers from bruxism or unconscious teeth grinding while sleeping. This can wear down enamel and even lead to broken teeth. Wearing a customized nightguard protects the tooth enamel from wear and alleviates pain and pressure on the jaw.

In our office, we will take dental impressions of your upper or lower teeth. We send these impressions to a lab, where technicians create the guard from hard plastic. You will return to our office for a fitting, where we adjust the guard until it fits properly. 

Your custom night splint will keep your jaw forward, reduce headaches, and treat your jaw pain.

Injectables

Xeomin can also benefit patients who experience orofacial pain and headaches due to TMD. Like Botox, Xeomin is an injectable treatment containing botulinum toxin type A, which relaxes the muscle.

When injected into key areas of the face, Xeomin can lessen jaw pain, headaches, migraines, and other painful symptoms of TMD. Xeomin lasts three to six months and can have quick effects on patients. Many patients who receive Xeomin treatments notice a reduction in their symptoms. 

Surgery

If you have severe, lasting pain that doesn’t respond to other treatments, you may need surgery. Common types of TMJ surgery fix discs or torn cartilage that worsens symptoms. Other treatments can remove scar tissue or relieve nerve pressure.

Sometimes, surgery must fix the joints themselves. We can refer you to a surgeon for TMJ surgery.

Corrective Dental Treatment

Crooked teeth, tooth wear, and damaged teeth can worsen TMJ disorders. We may recommend bonding or crowns if you have damaged or worn teeth. In addition, we recommend Invisalign for crooked teeth. Bite equilibration can create a balanced bite, which reduces strain on the jaw muscles and joints. 

A balanced bite can also prevent jaw misalignment and promote proper jaw function. When the bite is not balanced, it can lead to excessive pressure on the joint, causing pain, inflammation, and dysfunction. When the bite is properly aligned, the muscles and joints can work together.

At-Home Care for TMJ Disorders

There is no one treatment for TMD. We recommend multiple treatments in our office and at home to treat TMD. In most cases, lifestyle changes can help reinforce good habits that reduce symptoms:

Jaw Exercises

Some common jaw exercises include gently stretching the jaw by opening and closing the mouth, performing side-to-side movements, and massaging the muscles in circular motions. Consistent practice of these exercises can help to decrease pain and improve overall jaw function if you suffer from TMJ.

Diet Changes

We recommend eating soft foods as you receive TMJ treatment. You can eat yogurt, smoothies, soups, oatmeal, and steamed vegetables as you receive TMJ treatment. Soft foods will help reduce the stress on your jaw and allow your joints to heal.

Medication

Prescription muscle relaxants or anti-anxiety medications can help patients with daily anxiety. Medicines can also help patients relax before sleep to reduce the risk of teeth clenching and grinding. 

Posture

Bad posture can increase strain on your neck and jaw. When you slump forward, it strains the muscles and joints of the jaw, leading to pain and discomfort. Hunching over also strains the back muscles. Pain in the upper body can radiate to the TMJ. 

Good posture involves keeping your head upright, with your ears aligned directly over your shoulders. Keep your screen at eye level when you look at your phone, laptop, or other smart device.

Schedule a Dental Appointment

Do you need to treat TMD? Don’t let TMD disrupt your daily life any longer. Call Flower Mound Family Dentistry today at 972-848-8745. You may also schedule your next dental visit on our website. If you have questions about your TMJ treatment options, let us know, and we can help.

We serve Flower Mound, Bartonville, Lantana, Copper Canyon, Highland Village, Lake Dallas, Lewisville, and Coppell patients. Our office also serves Grapevine, Southlake, Keller, Trophy Club, Roanoke, Elizabethtown, Justin, Northlake, Argyle, and Colleyville.