If you’re living with regular headaches and pain in your jaw, you recognize firsthand just how invasive and disruptive TMJ symptoms can be.
Dealing with this constant pain is no way to live, and our Mesquite, TX dentist is here to help you manage your symptoms and minimize the impact that TMJ has on your life.
Recognizing TMJ in Your Life
The joint in your lower jaw, which is responsible for the jaw’s movements, is known as the temporomandibular joint, or “TMJ.”
This jaw joint functions correctly for the majority of people, but when it malfunctions, we refer to this condition as “TMD,” or temporomandibular joint disorder.
If you’re living with TMD (which most people will commonly call TMJ), then you may experience daily warning signs including:
- Frequent headaches or migraines, especially when you first wake up
- Visibly worn down or broken teeth from clenching and grinding
- A sensation of ringing in your ears
- Audible popping and clicking sounds when you move your jaw
- General pain and tenderness around your jaw bone
After you recognize these ongoing symptoms, the next thing to do is to contact your dentist ASAP.
TMJ Treatment in Mesquite, TX
Our dentist, Dr. RJ Loera, will likely try several different treatment methods to treat your headaches and jaw pain, beginning with the more conservative.
Sometimes, all it takes to reduce the effects of TMJ are lifestyle changes, such as implementing healthier stress management techniques. Other times, we can use medications or minor dental procedures like aligning your bite or repairing some of your broken teeth with crowns and cosmetic bonding.
Dr. Loera may also recommend wearing a custom oral appliance that is similar to a mouth guard to protect your teeth and keep your jaw in a healthier position.
Every case of TMJ is unique, which means that we won’t know which treatment modality we should use until we complete a full oral exam and evaluate your smile.
To schedule a consultation for your headaches and jaw pain in Mesquite, TX, please call Town East Dental Group today at (972) 270-2911.