Does your jaw constantly feel stiff? Does it pop, click, or even get stuck from time to time? Do you get frequent migraines and earaches? If any of these symptoms sound familiar to you, you may be suffering from a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the small set of hinges on your jaw that allows it to move fluidly, and like other joints, it can become misaligned or injured. This can lead to a variety of both dental and overall health problems, but fortunately, you can get treatment for it right here in Richardson, TX with Dr. Meredith Davis.
During your regular checkup, Dr. Davis and our team will check the health of your TMJ. TMJ problems can stem from the muscles becoming strained due to injury, bruxism, or slight imperfections in the teeth that prevent your jaw from properly closing. Also, if the joint is misaligned, this can cause the teeth to come together incorrectly, causing high-pressure points that can lead to dental pain and tooth wear. If you seem to have issues stemming from a TMD, our team will work to find the root cause. We’ll test your range of motion and take an impression of your bite to make sure your teeth are coming together correctly. From there, we can form a treatment plan. It may involve simply doing some stretches and applying heat, or we may recommend the use of an orthopedic mouthpiece called an occlusal splint.
An occlusal splint is a small, easy to use mouthpiece that will help place your jaw into a more comfortable and natural position. You’ll only wear it at night, and it will allow your jaw muscles to relax and heal. Each occlusal splint we make is custom-designed for each patient so that it fits only on their particular teeth. This will help the device not only be quite comfortable, but extremely effective as well.
If your jaw is constantly sore or you simply can’t find the solution to your chronic headaches, TMJ/TMD therapy could be your ticket to a renewed, pain-free life. To schedule a consultation, simply contact our office today. If TMD is indeed the source of your issues, you’ll be so glad you came to see us.