Houston TMJ Treatment - Fantastic Smiles of Houston

TMJ/TMD Dentistry

Houston TMJ Treatment

Using Science to Alleviate Joint Pain

Known as TMJ, temporomandibular joint disorder can be a real pain in the neck. The area where your jaw connects to your skull is the temporomandibular joint and is the reason why you can open and close your jaw. Your jaw’s functionality relies on the health of this joint, and if it’s damaged or diseased, it can cause a range of painful symptoms. Patients suffering from TMJ disorder may experience:

  • Facial pain/swelling
  • Migraines or tension headaches
  • Tenderness or pain in your neck or shoulders
  • Trouble opening or closing the jaw
  • Grinding or clenching the teeth
  • Popping or clicking sounds when using your jaw

Many of the symptoms of TMJ can be indicative of other health-related issues, so it’s important to have a full evaluation by both your dentist and medical professional to ensure TMJ is the root of the problem. At Fantastic Smiles of Houston, we’re prepared to assess your symptoms and help you get relief. TMJ-related bruxism can wear out the enamel, making your teeth more prone to decay, as it exposes the dentin layer.

Neuromuscular Dentistry

We’re proud to offer our patients safe and effective treatment for TMJ symptoms using neuromuscular dentistry. Dr. Morency studied neuromuscular dentistry at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and is happy to help Houston area patients get the relief they deserve.

During our exam, we’ll evaluate how the upper and lower jaw aligns and focus on how to correct any signs of misalignment. Neuromuscular dentistry puts an emphasis on gravity and how it affects your bite, as well as the position of the jaw that causes the least amount of stress on your teeth and relaxes the muscles.

We use Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation (TENS) treatment, which transmits mild electrical currents which contract and relax the jaw muscles. This relieves muscle pain and spasm, as well as tension in the jaw, neck, and shoulder area. After therapy, we’ll prescribe a special orthotic designed to stabilize your jaw in the correct position, alleviating the stress on your muscles.

Effective Pain Relief

Dr. Morency will evaluate your individual case and combine the latest dental advancements with proven diagnostic techniques to deliver effective, long-term results. TMJ is progressive, and even if your symptoms seem mild, it’s likely that they will get worse in the future. Ignoring issues to your joint and leaving TMJ untreated can lead to serious oral health implications, including tooth loss, postural changes, and difficulty using your mouth. We’re here for you.

Don’t let the pain of TMJ interrupt your day any longer. Call us now to schedule your consultation and find relief with neuromuscular dentistry in Houston.