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TMJ actually stands for temporomandibular joint, so there is no disease called TMJ. There are signs of damage to the temporomandibular joint, but it's really often it's muscle pain, inability to open completely, worn teeth, or even spasming and locking of the jaw.
We know how to treat that. Most of the time, it's muscular. Our treatment generally starts with making an appliance, bite guard, splint, night guard, whatever you want to call it, to fit over the teeth, and develop a perfect bite on a removable piece of plastic, so we still haven't done anything to your teeth yet.
Once we establish comfort in your mouth, and we know that you can be comfortable and healthy, then we can move on, and have your teeth fit like they do against that removable piece of plastic. That's the beginning of how we treat TMJ, or one of the diseases that it contains.
A frequent reason for the TMJ discomfort is the way the teeth fit together, so once we've got the joint comfortable, and we know that it can be, then we can either adjust those teeth or restore those teeth, so that it can close and function properly, without the discomfort.
Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect your jaw to your skull and enable you to speak, eat, and yawn. Because the TMJ is used for such essential functions, it can wreak havoc on your daily life if you develop a TMJ disorder (TMD). Jaw pain, chronic headaches, and earaches are among TMD symptoms. That’s why in our office, Smile Advanced Dental Care in New Braunfels, TX offers TMJ Treatment.
Though the causes of TMDs vary, they’ve been linked to teeth grinding and uneven bite surfaces. We can provide TMJ treatment for these issues in our New Braunfels, TX dentist office to alleviate your TMJ pain.
For a TMJ disorder screening and TMJ treatment, call Smile Advanced Dental Care at 830-476-5112.
We Make Custom Mouthguards and Splints
Dr. David Crowe of Smile Advanced Dental Care will use digital impressions of your teeth and other measurements to create a customized bite splint or mouthguard that you can wear while sleeping. These devices relieve pressure on your jaw and move your teeth into proper alignment. They also prevent you from grinding or clenching your teeth. Many people find they relieve TMJ pain and related conditions like headaches.
Advantages of this approach include:
- Unlike other TMJ treatment, which can involve orthodontics and surgery, an oral appliance is noninvasive
- Nearly instant relief
We Offer Occlusal Equilibration for TMJ Treatment
We can also provide occlusal equilibration, another relatively conservative treatment that provides relief for some TMD sufferers. Dr. David Crowe of Smile Advanced Dental Care will make minor adjustments to the biting surfaces of your teeth so that your bite is even and your jaws close correctly.
Because missing teeth can also affect your bite, Dr. David Crowe may suggest replacing any missing teeth. Your tooth replacement options include:
- A dental bridge
- Partial dentures
- A dental implant, restored with a dental crown, a dental bridge, or dentures
If you think you might have a TMJ disorder and in need of TMJ treatment, call Smile Advanced Dental Care at 830-476-5112. Or use our online form to book an appointment at our New Braunfels, TX dentist office. We’re located at 385 Landa Street, a short drive from Landa Park. Our thorough, comprehensive care has earned us multiple “best dentist” awards in the annual New Braunfels, TX Herald-Zeitung Readers’ Choice survey. He also appeared on a list of Super Dentists in Texas Monthly Magazine.