Temporomandibular joint disorders often occur when the temporomandibular joint is injured. This jaw joint connects the skull and the lower mandible. Genetic structural concerns with the jaw, damage as a result of trauma, or teeth clenching and grinding, also known as bruxism, can also add stress to the joint.
Dr. Samantha Leatherwood offers TMJ treatment as a restorative dental treatment for patients in Denton, TX. TMJ disorders can progressively impact the dental structure and comfort of the teeth, jaw, and even face. Treating TMJ early on can prevent more complex concerns later on.
TMJ disorders can manifest in a variety of ways:
- Jaw pain
- Muscle spasms
- Teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism)
- Neck pain
- Chronic headaches
- Ear pain
- Worn teeth
- Jaw popping or clicking
Please contact us if you are dealing with chronic jaw pain, muscle spasms, or bruxism. These symptoms can quickly worsen and make it difficult to comfortably eat or speak.
Therapy for TMJ Disorders
TMJ treatments can address jaw and tooth pain as well as the trigger points, or tense muscles in the face and jaw. Oral appliance therapy is the best option for patients who have bruxism and worn teeth caused by TMJ disorders. Similar to mouthguards, oral appliances are custom nightguards that cover the teeth and prevent them from grinding against each other. Wearing a custom nightguard can treat headaches, facial pain, tooth damage, and bruxism caused by TMJ.
Laser therapy can also be used to treat TMJ. Dental lasers target tense muscles in the face and jaw. They provide energy to the muscles to increase blood flow to the temporomandibular joint. Increasing the blood flow to injured muscles allows them to properly heal and also alleviates pain.
Request a Dental Appointment Today
Do you suffer from chronic headaches or jaw pain? Is bruxism wearing down your teeth? Let us know if you have further questions about our TMJ treatment. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Leatherwood and her team on our website. Call Leatherwood Family and Cosmetic Dentistry for comfortable TMJ treatment today at 940.398.0181. We serve patients from Corinth, Denton, and the surrounding areas.