TMJ/TMD

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The Pain Relief You Deserve

Do you suffer from chronic headaches and migraines? Do you clench and grind your teeth? You may be one of millions of Americans suffering from TMJ or TMD, and you may not even realize it. Thankfully, your Cedar Park dentist offers a safe, non-invasive, affordable treatment option.

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What is TMJ/TMD?

TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint or the jaw joint. TMD stands for temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or any condition affecting the jaw joint. The two terms are often used interchangeably, and are even sometimes called TMJD. For simplicities sake, we’ll use TMJ here.

Signs & Symptoms

TMJ is characterized by:

  • Chronic headaches & migraines
  • Jaw popping & locking
  • Teeth grinding & clenching
  • Jaw pain & stiffness
  • Chronic myofascial pain – jaw, face, head, neck, shoulders

What causes TMJ?

While often times the cause of TMJ is difficult to determine, and varies case by case, here are some of the most common causes:

  • Teeth grinding & clenching (bruxism)
  • Teeth misalignment
  • Bite misalignment
  • Traumatic injury (broken jaw, whiplash)
  • Stress
  • Arthritis
  • Hormones
  • Joint structure
  • Vitamin deficiencies

Stress is one of the largest indicators that can have an impact on TMJ. We all hold our stress in different places in our body – some of us clench our fists, have restless legs, or carry stress in your back or shoulders. But for many, it’s the jaw joint that suffers the most.

It’s also important to note that women in their childbearing years make up 90% of TMJ sufferers. There are many correlations that recent research has found between the two:

  • Women are more likely to suffer from arthritis
  • Stress in the childbearing years
  • Estrogen receptors found in the TMJ in women only
  • Women taking oral contraceptive or hormone replacement more likely to report jaw pain
  • Joint structure of TMJ is different in women & men
  • Magnesium deficiency is common in women and linked to TMJ

TMJ Treatment

At Vista Ridge Family Dentistry, we are happy to provide a simple, non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical treatment option for TMJ with an occlusal guard. An occlusal guard is essentially a custom mouth guard that you wear during sleep that prevents the teeth grinding and clenching that is causing most of your pain. This allows your TMJ muscles and the complex structures that work together to form your TMJ to finally relax during sleep, thus treating and preventing your pain at the source.

  • Smooth & comfortable to wear
  • Small & convenient
  • Non-invasive
  • Non-surgical
  • Non-pharmaceutical
  • Highly effective
  • Affordable

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If you’re tired of living with chronic myofascial pain, we would love to speak with you about TMJ treatment with oral appliance therapy. We don’t just want to treat your pain, we want to prevent it from happening in the first place, and allow you to live a pain-free life.

Contact your Cedar Park dentist, Dr. Max Kerr, Dr. Brandon Hedgecock, or Dr. Supriya Patel at Vista Ridge Family Dentistry today by calling (512) 253-8840 or schedule an appointment online!

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