TMJ

Lubbock TMJ Dysfunction Therapies

Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction is usually referred to as TMJD or TMJ disorder that contributes to nasal pain. Our dental clinic has treated many Lubbock TMJ patients who suffer from depression or soreness in their jaw, and this persistent pain will frequently have neck pain or ongoing headaches.

Your mouth and jawline are held together with several tendons and other tissues. While this tissue and muscles help you eat, they can become stretched if your jaw is not aligned correctly. After opening and closing your mouth, a misaligned jaw bone can cause your tissue and muscles to reach, and this is what causes TMJ.

Over-activation of those muscles can damage your powerful neck muscles that connect to the rest of your back muscles. Since TMJ deals with sensitive tissues and muscles that link to other parts of your body, if you are suffering from TMJ then you can experience continual pain in your neck and even migraines.

What Are The Symptoms Of TMJ?

Jaw pain and clicking of your jaw are one of the first signs that you are living with TMJ. Jaw pain is pretty easy to identify because you will not be able to bite food without having stinging pain. However, even if you don’t suffer from jaw pain, you can still have TMJ. Another symptom of TMJ is clicking or discomfort when you open and close your mouth.

While the clicking sound may seem harmless, this clicking sensation can indicate that your jaw is not aligned correctly and this is stretching your tendons and muscles that cause damage to your jaw bone. A few of the frequent side effects of TMJ include:

  • A migraine
  • Neck aches
  • Numbness in your arms or hands
  • Facial pain
  • Clicking or grating noise in the jaw joints
  • Limited movement or locking of the jaw
  • Congestion or stuffiness of the ears
  • Worn cracked or chipped teeth
  • Cracking, breaking or cracking dental restorations
  • Soreness or pain around the chin or ears
  • Pain in teeth that Appear to go around
  • Jagged loose teeth

Your mouth is made from the upper and lower teeth that are connected with a complex system of bones, tendons, bones and connective tissues, joints, tendons, and ligaments. Your jaw's movement hinges in your temporomandibular joints (TMJs), also referred to as jaw joints.

If this system becomes damaged or stressed, it may negatively impact your ability to eat or function comfortably along with your jaw's capability to operate.

Based on your initial consultation, our Lubbock dental team may provide preventative remedies to deal with oral health problems like TMJ disease and bruxism (teeth grinding). Treatments typically handle the underlying reason, while solving the related symptoms so you can live the life of comfort and enjoyment that you deserve!

How To Tell If You Have TMJ

You can perform necessary procedures in the comfort of your own home to determine if you are living with TMJ. Along with identifying jaw pain, you can also open and close your mouth and record if you hear a clicking sound in your jaw.

In case that you hear any popping or a clicking sound when opening and closing your jaw, you should consider calling our Lubbock dental clinic because there's a possibility the TMJ is causing your head, neck, back or headaches.

You can also look in the mirror as you open and close your mouth to test for TMJ. While looking in the mirror open your jaw slowly and determine whether it moves in a single direction over another before closing. If your jaw begins to the side or at an angle, then you could be stretching your jaw muscles or ripping your tendons. Repeated pulling and tearing of these muscles and tendons can result in severe neck, face, and headache pain.

Professional Lubbock, TX TMJ Therapy

You will love the professional and caring treatment that you will receive with our Lubbock dental clinic. From the moment you enter our office, our entire dental staff will work with you to identify your pain and provide professional suggestions to help you live a life free of pain and discomfort.

We provide noninvasive oral appliance treatment for a kind of TMJ therapy and bruxism therapy. You may put on a custom-fitted oral mouthguard to wear while you sleep. This approach to TMJ treatment will help to realign your jaw and reduce stress on your muscles and tendons.