Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which attaches your lower jaw to your skull, is one of the most complex in your body. The ball-in-socket design is how you’re able to move your lower jaw in virtually any direction and comfortably bite and chew foods, talk, yawn, and live your life freely. If this joint is dislocated or damaged, it can lead to chronic jaw and joint pain, headaches, teeth grinding and clenching, sore facial muscles, popping and clicking during movement, and even joint immobility and lock jaw.
If you are suffering from complex TM joint problems due to injury, osteoarthritis, immobility, tumor, or developmental deformity, we can help you find truly lasting relief with personalized TMJ treatment in Houston, TX. Our oral and maxillofacial surgeon at Bellaire Modern Dental has the specialized medical, dental, and surgical training to help you find relief and restore your daily life. Although we will always recommend the conservative solution first, our oral surgeon and surgical team also have the experience and expertise to provide complex surgical treatment plans with predictable, lasting outcomes.
Although we are skilled in the most complex surgical solutions to TMJ disorder, depending on your case, a more conservative solution may be all you need. We’ll welcome you to our state-of-the-art practice in Houston, TX for an oral exam and consultation where we’ll discuss your unique limitations as well as your goals for treatment. Below are some of the most effective treatment solutions for TMJ disorders:
Exercises to help strengthen and stretch the jaw muscles to improve mobility and motion. Heat and ice therapy to help with blood circulation and pain. Massage therapy to help relieve muscle tension and discomfort.
Custom-made oral appliance worn over the teeth to prevent grinding and clenching while helping to keep the jaw and teeth in proper alignment.
Surgery that corrects the position of the upper or lower jawbone. Treatment brings the jaw and teeth back into alignment, restoring function and occlusion.
Repairing or replacing the TM joint(s) with a custom-fitted implant to restore proper and comfortable function for everyday movements.
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