TMJ

Gateway Dental

General Dentists located in Colleyville, TX

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD) is known for causing agonizing jaw pain. Whether you chronically grind your teeth or simply wake up with facial pain, the team at Gateway Dental in Colleyville, Texas can help with diagnosing and treating TMJ issues. Schedule an evaluation online or over the phone to begin your treatment.

TMJ Q & A

Gateway Dental

What’s TMJ?

Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the medical name for the joint connecting the lower jaw to the upper. This joint enables you to open and close your mouth with the help of multiple ligaments, tendons, and muscles.

In some cases though, this joint becomes sore and swollen. Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) often stem from teeth grinding or clenching, particularly while sleeping. Sometimes, TMJ issues even come from improper alignment, meaning your bite is always off, which stresses the joint.

Are there symptoms of TMJ?

Yes. Most TMJ sufferers complain of widespread facial pain throughout their cheeks. You may also experience:

  • Clicking or popping in your jaw
  • Tenderness of jaw muscles
  • Lockjaw or frozen jaw
  • Facial swelling
  • Frequent headaches
  • Chronic earaches

It’s important to schedule an evaluation at Gateway Dental if you have any of those symptoms, particularly if they affect your daily life. Dr. Calabria and Dr. Ellis can make a diagnose and get you started on a treatment plan right away, so you don’t have to live another day with TMJ pain.

How is TMJ treated?

Just as you would for pain or swelling in other joints throughout your body, it’s critical to rest the joint, apply ice, and possibly take anti-inflammatory medications. Your case of TMJ inflammation is no different.

If you continuously experience discomfort, Dr. Calabria and Dr. Ellis design a custom mouth guard for you to wear comfortably at night. This device helps minimize nighttime grinding and clenching and often resolves TMJ issues starting with the first night.

If your symptoms continue to worsen or if you’re just not getting relief, Dr. Calabria and Dr. Ellis may suggest physical therapy and as a last resort, surgery to repair soft tissues or bone damage.

Before living another day with TMJ jaw pain, schedule an appointment at Gateway Dental. Book your exam online or over the phone.