Do you suffer from frequent jaw or facial pain? You may have TMJ.
Dr. Glen Wainwright offers TMJ treatment in Austin, Texas. TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorder can cause pain to the jaw joint and the muscles that control the jaw because the temporomandibular joints connect the jawbone to the skull. Common causes of temporomandibular joint disorder include teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism), jaw trauma, crooked teeth, and a misaligned bite. Patients with these conditions are more prone to developing TMJ disorders because they put the jaw under pressure. This pressure can be painful and may result in more problems for patients. At Austin Dental Care, our TMJ treatment options are restorative solutions that help ease jaw pain and discomfort.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
There are many signs to look out for when it comes to temporomandibular joint disorders:
- Jaw pain
- Tooth pain
- Difficulty chewing
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Ear pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Popping or clicking in the jaw
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Chronic fatigue
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
TMJ Treatment Options
When symptoms are mild, there are several at-home options you can try to help alleviate TMJ pain. Some of these solutions include:
- Jaw exercises
- Using a heat pack
- Eating soft foods to help your jaw rest
- Relaxing your facial muscles
- Sleeping on your side
- Using an ice pack in a clean cloth
However, patients who feel severe and frequent pain should call Austin Dental Care for an appointment with Dr. Wainwright. He will make sure that you can get the treatment you need.
Patients who have misaligned teeth and have found that they suffer from TMJ pain may benefit from Invisalign treatment. However, this option is not good for patients who clench and grind their teeth as a result of TMJ. Invisalign can straighten teeth gradually with a series of clear aligners for a more balanced bite. But Invisalign is not a treatment that can stop symptoms like bruxism.
Similar to mouth guards, oral appliances cover and protect teeth, preventing further wear and tear. Oral appliances can be worn overnight or during stressful situations. The pressure is taken off of the jaw and teeth clenching and grinding are prevented with this device.
Schedule an Appointment
Call 512-518-6392 or request a consultation with Dr. Wainwright online. Dr. Wainwright is a dentist in Austin, TX that enjoys finding effective solutions to dental problems.