Do you suffer from frequent headaches and constant pain in your neck, jaw, and face? Have you ever woken up in the morning to a throbbing ache in your temples? These are among the most common symptoms of a condition called temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ disorder. Dr. Ryan Thomas and the team at Highland Village Family Dentistry provide families in Highland Village, TX and beyond with a variety of general dentistry solutions, including TMJ disorder treatment.
Understanding TMJ Disorder & Treatment
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, approximately 5 to 12 percent of the adult population suffers from TMJ disorder, and women are twice as likely to be affected as men. Also referred to as TMJ dysfunction, this condition is characterized by a disorder of the joints that connect the jaw to the skull. These tiny, triangular joints allow you to open and close your mouth, move your jaw from side to side, and chew effectively.
When these delicate joints are damaged or misaligned for any reason, the nerve endings and muscles the surround them can cause immense pain that radiates throughout the face, neck, head, shoulders, and back. While over-the-counter pain relief medications can offer some respite, correcting the underlying cause of the symptoms is the only way to achieve lasting relief. Dr. Thomas will thoroughly assess your jaw and teeth to determine the reason for your TMJ disorder, offering his insight and counsel regarding your unique case. We may recommend an oral appliance (often called a nightguard or an oral splint) to prevent further damage to the joints, muscles, and teeth. If malocclusion is the cause of your TMJ disorder, we do offer orthodontic treatment as well.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you or a member of your family is affected by TMJ disorder and you’re ready to find lasting relief, our team is here to help. With the most advanced technology in the industry and a genuinely caring approach to dentistry, Dr. Thomas is your premier destination for TMJ therapy in the North Dallas area. Our state-of-the-art dental office in Highland Village, TX is privileged to serve the oral healthcare needs of families in Plano, Frisco, The Colony, Lantana, Argyle, Flower Mound, and beyond. Contact us today to learn more about TMJ disorder treatment and to schedule your consultation with our team.