Get pain relief for your TMJ Disorder.
Pickett Dentistry at Alden Bridge offers patient-focused care for TMJ Disorder in The Woodlands area.
Dentist Dr. Zelina Pickett, DDS can treat TMJ conditions affecting the jaw, jaw joints, bite, and chewing muscles and has helped numerous patients obtain relief from their TMJ symptoms.
If you believe you may be suffering from TMD, we urge you to contact our office for a comprehensive assessment and oral health exam.
COMPREHENSIVE TMJ RELIEF IN THE WOODLANDS
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder
TMJ stands for temporal-mandibular joint. Temporal, as in temple area of skull; mandibular as in mandible, or lower jaw; joint as in it’s where the head and jaw meet. Problems in this joint may be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, trauma, or excess muscle tension. Aside from the two bones that meet there, cartilage buffers them, and five muscles are involved in the area. If something goes wrong a good deal of trouble can result.
Problems in this area can cause:
• Trouble/soreness in opening and closing the mouth
• Clicking or popping of the jaw
• Pain in the jaw muscles
• Soreness in the area, sometimes extending to the face.
Treatment for TMJ/TMD
Dental treatments for TMJ/TMD can include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite, filling gaps between teeth, etc. There is no one solution that is right for all cases. Many times a plastic mouthpiece is used to prevent clenching or grinding that is contributing to the problem. If Dr. Pickett confirms that you have TMJ/TMD, she may prescribe a hard/soft night guard to relieve your pain and symptoms. This is a custom, lab-made night guard that has a sturdy outer layer and a protective, flexible layer on the inside that guards the teeth.
Night-time tooth grinding is a sleep disorder also known as “sleep bruxism.” Adults that grind their teeth at night may awake with headaches, sore jaw joints, sore jaw muscles or chipped and worn teeth. Occasionally there are no symptoms but the noise of your teeth grinding disrupts your sleep as well as the sleep of family members. Night-time tooth grinding that is left untreated may cause permanent damage to your jaw joint and teeth. Besides breaking and wearing down teeth, grinding irritates the nerves in your teeth and can cause hot, cold and chewing pain in your teeth themselves. Tooth grinding may also lead to chronic headaches and chewing muscle sensitivity during the day. Many times, a custom night guard is used to prevent clenching or grinding that is contributing to the problem.