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TMJ Treatment

TMJ Austin Westlake

TMJ Treatment

Is jaw pain interfering with your daily life? You might have temporomandibular joint disorder. Commonly called either TMJ or TMD, this condition can cause chronic pain and tenderness in your mouth, constant popping and grinding noises in your jaw, and trouble chewing.

Living with TMJ does not have to be your new normal. At Austin Dental Care, we have dental experts available who will make it their mission to diagnose and treat your TMJ so that you find permanent relief.

What Is TMJ?

Your jawbone is connected to your skull through the temporomandibular joint. When something is not working properly with this joint, you get the pain, popping noise and other trademark symptoms of TMJ. This condition can cause severe pain that affects both sides of your face. Women are more likely to have it than men, and it is most common for people between the ages of 20 and 40. In most cases, TMJ pain is temporary and will go away with proper treatment. Surgery, though often beneficial, is usually considered a last resort after all other options are pursued.

What Causes TMJ?

The causes of TMJ are not well understood in the dental community, but we know that a variety of factors may be responsible, including your genetics, previous jaw injuries or arthritis. Habitually clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth may also be to blame, but not every jaw clencher will develop TMJ.

Dentists are conflicted whether the symptoms come from the muscles around the joint or joint problems themselves, but any of the following conditions can increase your likelihood of developing TMJ.

  • Chronic teeth grinding our jaw clenching
  • Arthritis in your jaw
  • Chronic stress, which can lead to clenching your jaw
  • Missing teeth or other kinds of misalignment in your jaw
  • Poor posture
  • Excessive gum chewing
  • Orthodontic braces

What Are the Symptoms of TMJ?

Common symptoms of TMJ include the following:

  • Pain and tenderness in the face, jaw, neck, and shoulders, especially when chewing
  • Difficulty opening the jaw wide (either it gets “stuck” or clicks and pops)
  • Facial tiredness
  • Trouble chewing in the middle of meals
  • Swelling on one or both sides of your face

If these symptoms persist, it is important to visit a dental professional. For those in Westlake,  we can diagnose the possible causes of your TMJ and create a customized treatment plan to restore your jaw to good health.

How Does Austin Dental Care Diagnose TMJ?

When you come to our office with pain that sounds like TMJ, our team of dental experts will go through a thorough inspection to diagnose the problem. We will listen for clicks and pops in your jaw and make a note of any tenderness that you feel. If necessary, we will conduct full-face X-rays to get a better understanding of the problem.

From there, our team will recommend a treatment option like one of the following.

  • Medications: NSAID medications like Aspirin can relieve pain and swelling in your jaw, providing you with temporary relief. Often, anti-anxiety medication can also get you to stop clenching your jaw, which can provide relief.
  • Splint or Night Guard: If nighttime grinding seems to be the problem, or dental staff might recommend a mouthpiece to relax your jaw and keep your comfortable.
  • Dental Work: Occasionally, broken, missing or crooked teeth are to blame for TMJ pain. Our team may recommend specific dental work to relieve your symptoms.
  • Surgery: If other methods are not making a difference, we might recommend you to a specialist for surgery for TMJ.

Contact Us Today for TMJ Relief

Jaw pain is a misery to live with- but you don’t have to. Contact the Austin Dental Care team today, and we will get you a consultation to get to the root of your TMJ problems for good.

What Our Patients Say

Dr. Wainwright is a very talented dentist with a great staff! The practice is very accommodating and helpful. Dr. Wainwright works with the patient's needs and wants. The first question that they ask is ... What do you want us to do for you? What is your goal concerning your smile and teeth? I love this group of professionals.

Norma
Austin, Texas

I met Dr. Wainwright in 2002 when I had to do major dental work and was extremely afraid of dentists from previous experiences.  Everyone at Dr. Wainwright's office was so kind and welcoming from the beginning. He offers sedation dentistry which is what brought me in.  He was able to undo and repair years worth of work in a few sessions with sedation dentistry.  The best part is you come to without the knowledge of all the procedure you just went through.Because of my great experience with him so long ago, I've maintained regular maintenance and have Kristi, my personal hygienist, to thank for that.  She is the best and I always enjoy my cleaning with her.  I've had a few normal issues throughout the years since my major dental work and they were always detected so early and taken care of so fast that they never became an issue.I'm so glad I came across Dr. Wainwright so long ago.  I love to tell people how much I love my dentist and see their unbelieving faces...but I do!  The whole team is amazing.

A.D.
Austin, Texas

Dr. Wainwright and his staff are wonderful, caring, happy people! Over the past 2 years, I’ve had a few procedures done and have been comfortable and happy every time. Dr. Wainwright has had to replace faulty work done by my previous dentist, making me wish I found Austin Dental Care so much sooner! I love the laid-back, friendly staff who always take the time to make sure the patient is comfortable and at ease. Couldn’t recommend this office more highly.

Cara
Austin Westlake

I have had major dental needs over the past two years and I couldn't have been luckier to find Dr. Wainwright and his staff! They are so accommodating, friendly and professional. With all of the work I have had done on my teeth over the years, I can sincerely say I have never had a better experience in my life for dental care. From the ladies at reception to the ladies in the back helping and up to Dr. Wainwright, this is a top-notch operation and I am blessed to have found them!

Lucian
Austin, Texas

Dr. Wainwright's office is immaculate and very warm and inviting. His staff was also cheerful, friendly and helpful. He spent a lot of time explaining his approach to treatment and dental care to my son (and to me as well). He asked my son if he had any questions about our treatment plan and talked to him in a kind and direct manner. Dr. Wainwright is also very knowledgeable re: advancements in dental care procedures and techniques which is helpful as it gives my son (and our family) various treatment options. His staff was informative and clear about fees associated w/ treatment and let us know up front how much our treatment would cost. My kids were surprised with a little treat on the way out of the office which they LOVED.

JoanMarie
Austin Westlake

Glen Wainwright and his staff are highly competent professionals. Relaxing and always immaculately clean office environment. Glen is thorough in his assessments. He always values my feedback, as it is an essential aspect to ensuring positive experiences and outcomes. I can't enough about the staff hygienists! Kristy, takes care of my regular cleanings. She is consistently methodical in her cleaning process. Her personality is gentle and compassionate. Her experiential knowledge of her craft, and concern for the well-being of my dental health is always on display.

David
Austin Westlake