TMJ Treatment

Understanding TMJ Disorder

If you are experiencing jaw pain or discomfort, headaches, earaches or a “clicking or “popping” sound when you open or close your mouth, you may be suffering from TMJ disorder. Problems with the TMJ, or “the temporomandibular joint,” can evolve into a disorder that inflicts pain to the jaw and surrounding area, and is known to result from a few conditions:

Arthritis (Including Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis)

  • Stress
  • Injury or trauma
  • Misaligned bite
  • Teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism)

Bruxism

Grinding or clenching your teeth may not seem like a detrimental habit, but it certainly can be, especially to the jaw joint. If you wear down the top layer of your teeth, the alignment between your upper and lower teeth may become uneven, ultimately preventing your mouth from closing properly, and causing significant TMJ pain and discomfort. Cornerstone Dentistry recommends that if you are grinding or clenching your teeth, you contact Dr. Siny Thomas for a consultation to evaluate the effects of bruxism and learn about TMJ treatment in Sugar Land, TX.

Treating TMJ

During your TMJ consultation with Dr. Thomas, you will be able to discuss concerns regarding jaw pain or other discomforts, and have a better understanding of where you stand in regard to necessity of treatment. A number of treatment options are available for addressing TMJ disorder, and may include palliative therapies, wearing a nightguard, the use of BOTOX® or other injectables in the muscles surrounding the jaw joint, or other advanced modalities. The type of treatment recommended depends upon the factors contributing to the condition along with the degree of discomfort experienced.

Occlusal Adjustment

If you are in fact suffering from TMJ disorder, Dr. Thomas may recommend an occlusal adjustment — the removal of a very thin top layer of the chewing surface of your teeth. Prior to beginning this procedure, Dr. Thomas will ask you to bite down on a piece of mylar color-transfer paper, which will allow him to see where your upper and lower teeth are and are not touching. This method renders bite misalignment more apparent, and enables Dr. Thomas to address any areas where interference is occurring. An occlusal adjustment will allow for your teeth to properly align, and your mouth to close more comfortably once again.

For more information on the effects of bruxism, or the treatment of TMJ disorder, please call our office at 281-240-2400 today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Siny Thomas!

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