Temporomandibular joint disorder, more commonly known as TMJ, is the name given to over a dozen medical conditions that can impact the alignment, comfort, and function of your jaw. Neuromuscular dentistry is the specialty focused entirely on the detection and treatment of TMJ.
Both Dr. Jean Morency studied neuromuscular dentistry at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) and are pleased to offer the safest and most effective TMJ treatments to patients in Houston and surrounding areas of Texas.
Symptoms of TMJ are often localized in the jaw area. These can include clicking or popping noises in the jaw, swelling around the jaw joint, or limited ability to open and close your mouth. Jaw pain is also common with TMJ, as are migraine headaches, generalized facial pain, and even neck and back aches. TMJ and bruxism (teeth grinding) also often occur simultaneously.
Our Houston neuromuscular dentistry practice is focused on identifying these and other symptoms of TMJ, and providing solutions that produce long-term relief from the discomforts of this common disorder. Dr. Morency utilize the latest in dental technology along with time-tested and proven diagnostic and treatment solutions to ensure each patient suffering from TMJ is provided the most effective therapy available. There are many benefits of neuromuscular dentistry for TMJ patients.
Why Treat TMJ?
Some cases of TMJ are quite painful, but others may simply seem mildly annoying – and if you’re not in pain, looking for a neuromuscular dental solution may seem unnecessary. It is important to bear in mind that TMJ is progressive. Even if you are not currently suffering pain, you very well may in the future. What’s more, untreated TMJ can result in serious issues including tooth loss, postural changes, and digestive disorders, making it important that you address the problem sooner rather than later.
Painless TMJ can be discussed during your regularly scheduled visits to our office, but pain in the jaw or a sudden onset of symptoms may require swifter intervention. If you are experiencing any painful symptoms of TMJ, please contact our experienced Houston neuromuscular dentist to schedule an appointment today.