Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can lead to jaw pain, headaches and restricted jaw movement. Treatment options aim to alleviate discomfort and improve the functionality of the jaw joint, enhancing overall quality of life.

Understanding TMJ Disorders

TMJ disorders involve problems with the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. Causes range from teeth grinding and stress to arthritis and structural issues. Symptoms include jaw pain, clicking or popping sounds, difficulty opening or closing the mouth and headaches.

Conservative Approaches

  • Self-Care: Gentle jaw exercises, applying moist heat or cold packs and avoiding hard or chewy foods can help manage mild TMJ symptoms.
  • Oral Splints or Mouthguards: Custom-fitted devices worn during sleep can prevent teeth grinding and clenching, reducing strain on the jaw.

Physical Therapy and Medications

  • Physical Therapy: Specialized exercises and techniques can improve jaw mobility and strengthen muscles.
  • Pain Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers or prescribed medications can alleviate pain and inflammation.

Stress Management

Stress can exacerbate TMJ symptoms. Relaxation techniques, meditation and stress reduction strategies can play a significant role in managing symptoms.

Advanced Interventions

  • BOTOX® Injections: BOTOX injections into the jaw muscles can provide temporary relief from muscle spasms and pain.
  • Surgery: In rare cases, surgery might be considered if conservative treatments are ineffective. Procedures may include joint replacement or joint repositioning.

Consulting our dentist, Dr. Farid Noie, is crucial to accurately diagnose the condition and tailor a treatment plan to address the specific needs of each patient. Contact Unicare Center for Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry at 281-332-4700 and learn more about TMJ treatment in Webster, Texas.

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