Do you wake up with frequent migraines? Does your jaw pop or click when you eat chewy or hard foods? You may have TMJ. Dr. Catherine Wilder and Dr. Lauren Shepard offer TMJ treatment in Katy, TX. Temporomandibular joint disorders are caused by dysfunction in or damage to the joints that connect the jawbone to the skull. Addressing TMJ disorders help restore the smile and stop pain and damage caused by dysfunction in the temporomandibular joint.
Drs. Wilder and Shepard offera range of treatments including custom oral appliances for the treatment of complex bite problems. We seek to address the root problem of a TMJ disorder so that we can work with you to restore your oral health and long term stability in your natural smile.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
TMJ disorders can affect the jaw, teeth, and facial muscles in a variety of ways:
- Teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism)
- Jaw pain
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Difficulty chewing
- Tooth wear
- Jaw clicking or popping
- Restricted jaw mobility
Please let our office know if you have noticed any of these symptoms. We can examine your smile to find any areas of wear or dysfunction that indicate a bite problem and require treatment.
TMJ Treatment Options
There are multiple options for patients with TMJ disorders:
- Jaw Exercises and Stress Management: We recommend jaw exercise and stress and anxiety management for patients with mild TMJ symptoms. In addition, taking pain and anti-inflammatory medicine as well as relaxing the jaw are small steps that can reduce mild TMJ pain.
- Nightguards: Nightguards are custom oral appliances that act like mouthguards. They are worn at night to stop tooth and jaw pain as well as jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a common symptom of TMJ disorders. Over time, teeth grinding wears down the tooth enamel and causes pain in the jaw and face. Nightguards reduce jaw pressure and prevent chips or cracks in the tooth enamel.
- Laser Therapy: We use infrared light, or a laser, to alleviate jaw and facial pain. This light can also reduce inflammation and stimulate blood flow. Laser therapy delivers infrared light directly to painful areas of the face, including the jaw and facial muscles. This light also helps to heal nerves and stimulate collagen production.
Request a Dental Consultation
Do you suffer from frequent headaches or jaw pain? Schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Shepard and Dr. Wilder on our website or call Katy Smile Design at 281.843.9814.