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TMJ Therapy – Fort Worth, TX
How a Dentist Treats Your Chronic Pain
When we say the phrase “TMJ”, what we’re referring to is the temporomandibular joint. People have two joints, one for each side of the jaw, both of which allow for all the complex movements the jaw makes. If additional stress is put on these joints, it can lead to many complications, including the development of TMJ disorder. While the symptoms of this condition can be quite harmful, the good news is a dentist can help you diagnose, treat and prevent issues before they occur. To get your TMJ examined more closely, contact Dr. Givan’s office today to schedule an appointment!
Causes of TMJ Disorder
There are many ways that TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, can develop. One of the most common causes is chronic teeth grinding or bruxism, a condition that can affect patients of any age. Bruxism is characterized by regular grinding or clenching of teeth, leading to added stress on the jaw joints. The very cause of bruxism can also be linked to crooked or misaligned teeth and/or high amounts of stress. However, these are not the only causes of TMD. Other causes include:
- Inflammation or swelling inside the joint
- Previous jaw injury
- Out-of-place jaw joint disc
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
When you first hear about TMJ disorder, it’s usually because you are experiencing chronic jaw pain, especially after waking up. However, there are many symptoms that can appear as a result of disproportionate amounts of stress. If you are unsure about your condition, take a moment to review the most common symptoms. They include:
- Clicking jaw joint
- Locking of the jaw
- Jaw stiffness
- Pain in the cheeks, neck, shoulders or upper back
- Migraines or chronic headaches
Keep in mind that TMD is not the easiest disorder to diagnose at first, especially when only teeth grinding or clenching is present. If you can treat your bruxism ahead of time, you can prevent TMD from developing altogether. The best way to kickstart your treatment is to head to a dentist who’s trained to diagnose and provide treatment for your condition.
Dr. Mark Givan is not exclusively trained to treat issues with the teeth and gums. His expertise includes all oral structures, including the jaw and your overall bite. With his training, he can provide a more comprehensive diagnosis of TMJ disorder, then provide treatment to reduce the symptoms. One of the most common solutions is a custom-made occlusal splint. This oral appliance is worn while sleeping and designed to not only protect your teeth, but guide the jaw as it moves back-and-forth or side-to-side.
Another treatment Dr. Givan performs is known as a bite adjustment. This treatment is designed to remove tiny interferences that prevent teeth from coming together evenly.