Do you find that you often suffer from unexplained pain or stiffness in your jaw, or recurring headaches accompanied by discomfort when you chew or yawn? For millions of Americans, these are common occurrences that interfere with how they enjoy their daily lives. Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, is a condition that affects the intricate nerves, muscles, and joints that connect the lower jaw to the skull. At Highland Village Family Dentistry in Highland Village, TX, Dr. Ryan Thomas offers TMJ therapy, providing real relief to patients who are suffering from TMJ disorder.
The Importance of Treating TMJ Disorder
Also called TMD, temporomandibular joint disorder affects approximately 12 percent of the America population. The most common symptoms exhibited by a patient with TMJ disorder include the following:
- Chronic headaches
- A popping sound from the jaw when chewing or yawning
- A feeling that the jaw is locked in one position
- Limited mobility of the jaw
- Ringing in the ear
- A grating sensation within the jaw
- Sore facial muscles
- An altered bite (the upper and lower teeth do not fit together properly)
- Stiff muscles in the jaw, neck, shoulders, and upper back
Fortunately, there are effective treatment methods that can alleviate pain and stiffness, allowing patients to more fully and more comfortably enjoy their lives. Dr. Thomas can provide you with a customized oral appliance that is fitted specifically to fit your dentition. This mouthguard eases the tension on the temporomandibular joint and the delicate nerves and muscles surrounding it. The result is improved comfort and a decreased risk of further damage to the joint itself.
Find TMD Relief Today
If you or someone in your family suffers from the uncomfortable symptoms of TMJ disorder, we encourage you to contact our office today to schedule your visit with Dr. Thomas. We are always happy to sit down with you to discuss your concerns and talk about your treatment options. From our family-friendly office in Highland Village, TX, we happily welcome patients from the surrounding areas of Lantana, Flower Mound, Plano, Argyle, Lewisville, Frisco, The Colony, and the entire DFW Metroplex.