TMJ/TMD Therapy in Plano
If you suffer from frequent jaw pain, it may stem from your TMJ, or temporomandibular joints. These are the joints in your jaw that are in front of your ears and enable it to move fluidly when you are eating or speaking. Temporomandibular disorders, or TMD, may refer to a variety of issues with your jaw that can cause you pain and discomfort.
Diagnosis & Treatment
TMJ pain can lead to a variety of symptoms, such as:
- Pain or soreness in your jaw and face
- Problems trying to open or close your mouth
- Jaws that can become stuck
- Constant clicking or popping when moving your jaw
- Swelling around the joints
The causes of TMD can stem from nighttime teeth grinding (or bruxism), injury to the joint, arthritis, or stress. In order to diagnose a TMD, Dr. Kamali will perform an examination where she checks your jaw for pain or tenderness while it is in certain positions. She will also test how your bite fits together, and may take a set of full face x-rays to rule out other possible issues.
A TMD can be treated with relaxation techniques, physical therapy, or even surgery. However, one of the simplest ways to treat TMJ pain is with a nightguard.
An occlusal splint (also known as a nightguard) is a small plastic oral appliances that is meant to help shift your jaw into a more comfortable position and allow the muscles to rest. They also help provide a barrier between your teeth to help prevent nighttime teeth grinding. You would wear the nightguard only when you go to bed. The nightguards from Parkway Vista Dental are custom made for each patient assuring they are both comfortable and effective. Common store-bought nightguards often come in only one size, which may make them ineffective or even damaging to patients. Our nightguards are small, easy to use, and have been shown to help relieve TMJ pain in patients that consistently use them.
If you are suffering from frequent TMJ pain, don’t hesitate to call us today so we can start helping you.