Tag : temporomandibular joint

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TMJ Treatment: Considering All of Your Options

senior with pain in front of earsIf you suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly referred to as TMD or TMJ, treatment options may be more accessible than you think. At DaVinci Dentistry in Southlake, TX, we see patients for TMJ-related concerns on a regular basis.

TMJ Treatment: Mild Cases

For many people with TMD, symptoms are mild, periodic and typically resolve within a few weeks or months when simple remedies are followed, including:

  • eating soft foods;
  • avoiding chewing gum;
  • applying ice or moist heat; and
  • exercising caution when yawning and singing.

TMJ Treatment: Severe Cases

For other patients, TMD symptoms may be more debilitating or persistent, despite at-home therapy. In these situations, a number of conservative treatment options are available. The key here is the word “conservative.” We look at reversible treatment options, per recommendations from the National Institutes of Health, as more studies are needed regarding the benefit and safety of irreversible, permanent options such as bite adjustment and surgery.

Some conservative TMJ treatment measures we can explore to help alleviate your symptoms include:

  • pain medication;
  • injections;
  • splints; and
  • night guards (to prevent further grinding and clenching during sleep).

From treatment for TMD symptoms to dental implants and full mouth reconstruction, the Southlake, TX, team at DaVinci Dentistry has the training and expertise to guide you through your oral health needs. We provide cosmetic, family and implant dentistry for residents throughout much of Tarrant County, including Grapevine, Colleyville, Keller, North Richland Hills, and Hurst-Euless-Bedford. Contact us at 817-251-9333.

 

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When it’s TMJ and when it’s just another headache

TMJ headacheIf you experience chronic tension headaches or migraines, getting to the root of your symptoms could provide relief in more ways than one. There can be many triggers for these headaches, including problems in the TMJ (temporomandibular joint).

Other common triggers for tension headaches, caused by muscle contraction, and migraines, which affect blood vessels and nerves, include:

  • fatigue;
  • medication and substance overuse;
  • poor posture;
  • not eating on time;
  • intense physical activity; and
  • more.

But how do you know when TMJ is to blame when so many factors contribute to headaches? The answer isn’t always obvious, which is why having a dentist well versed in pain management can help you either identify or rule out TMJ issues as the cause.

At DaVinci Dentistry, we know that TMJ pain can occur in areas you might not necessarily expect, including in the:

  • cheeks;
  • ears;
  • shoulders;
  • temple; and
  • neck.

When these areas become knotted and tight, pain can result in other parts of the body, including the head.

When you make an appointment with us, we’ll look for signs of temporomandibular joint dysfunction that may accompany headache, including jaw clenching and teeth grinding. We’ll also take a detailed health history, to discover whether you may have other symptoms that point to TMJ disorders. If we find that to be the case, we’ll discuss the TMJ treatment options available to you, which can often be as simple as physical therapy or oral appliances such as night guards and oral splints. Contact us today to share what TMJ symptoms you may be experiencing. 817-251-9333.