Our jaw joints allow the range of motion needed to eat and speak. However, strain on these joints can also allow a serious oral health issue to develop. TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, can affect millions can cause problems opening and closing your mouth. In order to treat the issue we may recommend TMJ therapy. Do you need TMJ therapy?
What Causes TMJ Disorder?
The disorder occurs when the jaw joints undergo strain. The causes of the strain may include injury to the face or jaw, tooth loss, malocclusion, stress, and even teeth grinding. When the jaws undergo strain they have difficulty operating properly, leading to a number of uncomfortable symptoms.
Do You Need TMJ Therapy?
You may need treatment if you experience one of the common warning signs, which may include pain in the face or jaw, toothaches or tooth sensitivity, headaches, earaches, or pain the neck or shoulders. If you think you recognize one or more of these symptoms then please contact our office.
Bruxism and TMD
Teeth grinding is often related to TMD. TMJ can lead to the onset of the disorder and vice versa. You should be aware that pain the jaw, face, or head can also be a warning sign of this disorder, which can actually damage teeth over time. As with TMD, treating this problem is essential to maintaining good oral health.
What is TMJ Therapy?
Dr. Locke practices Centric Relation and Neuromuscular Dentistry. In fact, he is one of the few doctors in the country who does. Using advanced technology, such as intraoral cameras and digital x-rays, he takes an in-depth look at your jaw joints. After diagnosing the issue and assessing the cause, he will recommend treatment. Correcting the issue may involve muscle experiences or possibly a custom-made oral appliance. Worn at night, the device helps reposition the jaw to ease strain and reduce symptoms. If you have any questions about treating TMD or TMJ therapy contact our office today.
ABOUT YOUR WACO, TX, DENTIST:
We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Corbet Locke, DDS, contact our Waco, TX, dental office today by calling 254-776-4888. Our office welcomes patients in and around Waco, TX, including Hewitt, McGregor, Woodway, and the surrounding Central Texas communities.