TMJ Disorder Treatment
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is caused by an inflammation of the jaw joints. Dr. Randy Mitchmore uses various techniques for TMJ disorder treatment at his Houston, TX, office to relieve painful symptoms such as jaw pain, neck pain, and tingling sensations. He studies neuromuscular dentistry, or the relationship of the muscles, jaws, nerves, and other soft tissues. Dr. Mitchmore applies these principles to his custom treatment plans to meet the specific needs of each individual patient. Treatments often involve mouthpieces, orthodontics, or crowns to improve the balance of your bite. Dr. Mitchmore will conduct a careful analysis of your symptoms and the state of your smile to determine the best treatment approach.
What is TMJ Disorder?
Your temporomandibular joints connect your jawbone and the temporal bones in the skull. The TMJs allow normal jaw motion, such as opening and closing your mouth, chewing, and speaking. When the joints become inflamed, it can result in TMJ disorder, or TMD. There are a variety of potential causes of TMD, which can include bruxism (teeth grinding), clenching of the teeth, and an improperly balanced bite. Trauma and arthritis are also common causes of TMD.
With Dr. Mitchmore’s expertise, you can soon experience relief from TMJ disorder.
Symptoms of TMD
The symptoms of TMD vary depending on the cause of the disorder. If you are suffering from TMD, you may experience:
- Chronic headaches or migraines
- Stiffness or soreness in the neck, shoulders, and back
- Pain in the face, especially around the jaw
- Tingling or numbness in the arms or fingertips
- Sensitive or loose-feeling teeth
- Ear congestion or a ringing in the ears
- Limited jaw mobility
- Depression or insomnia
Treatment Options for TMD
If you are suffering from TMD, Dr. Mitchmore will work with you to develop a treatment plan to alleviate your pain. Your recommended treatment plan will depend on the cause of your TMD. To determine the root cause of your TMD, Dr. Mitchmore will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and jaw.
He will use a device called the TENS to deliver very light electrical impulses to the TMJs, helping them to relax. Once the joints have relaxed, Dr. Mitchmore uses other advanced diagnostic tools to pinpoint how your jaws should be meeting. If he finds that an imbalanced bite is to blame for your jaw pain, he may recommend an orthodontic treatment plan, such as Invisalign®, or a dental restoration, such as dental crowns to help balance your bite. Often, when these treatments are used to correct jaw misalignment, it can actually improve the appearance of the patient's face, since the jaws and other tissues are migrated into their proper positions.
On the other hand, if your exam reveals wear and fractures, this can indicate bruxism or teeth clenching. In this case, he may also prescribe a custom-made mouthpiece. You will wear this mouthpiece nightly, and because of its custom design, it will fit comfortably. The night guard will help absorb the pressure from grinding your teeth. This not only protects the teeth, but alleviates pressure on the TMJs.
If arthritis or a muscle-related issue is the cause of your symptoms, Dr. Mitchmore may recommend injectable treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic to help relax the muscles surrounding the TMJs, alleviating pain.
In addition to these methods, he may also recommend taking steps to relieve stress, since tension can play a major role in jaw pain. Regular exercise can help reduce stress and stress-related jaw pain. Dr. Mitchmore will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your needs and provides relief.
Find Relief from TMJ Disorder Today
If you are suffering from chronic jaw pain, headaches, or other TMD-related symptoms, contact the dental office online or call (713) 714-3555 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mitchmore. He will develop an appropriate treatment plan to help you achieve the relief you deserve.