Temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMD or TMJ, is a painful condition affecting many people. TMD occurs when tension in the joint on either side of your head causes teeth grinding, headaches, and other pain in the head and mouth.
Renken Dentistry has the best TMJ specialist Cedar Park, TX, has to offer. We have three different treatment options for TMD so we can find the one that works for your unique case.
Botox can be used to alleviate the symptoms of TMJ. By injecting Botox into the facial muscles, we prevent nerve signals from reaching those muscles and causing them to contract. This can ease tension-based pain and even prevent teeth grinding.
Mouth guards are a great way to help with TMD, as many patients clench their jaw at night while they sleep. These mouth guards are worn at night to align the jaw and prevent patients from grinding their teeth, which means they wake up pain-free.
Sometimes, a chronically unaligned bite might require orthodontics to fix. While this process takes longer than other treatment options, it’s a permanent solution that’s well worth the wait.
Other treatment options for TMD include ultrasounds, oral appliance therapy, cold laser therapy, trigger point injections, and facial exercises. No two cases of TMD are alike, so it might take some trial and error to discover an option that works. To talk to your dentist about which TMD treatment is right for you, schedule an appointment with our office in Crystal Falls, TX today.