TMJ dysfunction, which affects the temporomandibular joints that are located on either side of your jawbone that are responsible for connecting it to your skull, is a common condition that affects many patients’ daily lives. It can cause daily discomfort like lockjaw, shoulder pain, chronic migraines, and teeth grinding, which can all impact your wellbeing and oral health. Dr. Hackbarth offers a few different options for TMJ therapy in Texas City, TX to address your discomfort and ease the tension placed on your jaw joints.
While traditional dentistry is typically concerned with teeth and gums, neuromuscular dentistry focuses on an issue that’s further beneath the surface – the alignment of your jaw. Even slight imperfections in this department can result in severe discomfort and outright pain for patients; that’s why our team at Dental Cosmetic Center is here to help with this advanced approach. By correcting misalignments and adjusting the bite, stress can be eliminated and unpleasant symptoms can be erased.
An initial examination will allow our team to determine the cause of any dysfunction you’re experiencing, whether it’s caused by the jaw joints (TMJ), related muscles, or nearby teeth. Once we’ve diagnosed your condition, our team can make recommendations for treatment that will create the long-term improvements you need. Our plan of action may involve the use of a custom oral appliance, dental recontouring, or certain orthodontic and restorative procedures that will restore harmony to your overall smile and wellbeing.
TMJ dysfunction is a condition that occurs when the jaw joints that allow your jaw to hinge to your skull are filled with tension and stress, causing them to not work properly. This issue can occur due to stress caused by nightly teeth grinding, improperly placed restorations, or even dental misalignment that causes one joint to bear a burden of the force as you chew your food or speak. TMJ dysfunction can cause a wide range of uncomfortable side-effects, including difficulty chewing food, painful lockjaw, and muscle spasms.
If the tension in your TMJs is a result of a misaligned bite, Dr. Hackbarth can conduct occlusal adjustments. Although it sounds complicated, it’s a relatively straight-forward and non-invasive procedure where our team will determine whether your condition is caused by misshapen teeth or an improperly fitted restoration. If that’s the case, we can adjust these problem-teeth to even out the force placed on your jaw joints and provide you with lasting relief.
An occlusal splint is an orthotic oral appliance that’s custom fitted to your unique dental structure. You’ll wear it at night as you sleep, and it will shift your jaw into a more natural position that relieves stress placed on your temporomandibular joints. That way, when you wake up, you won’t have a thumping headache or sore facial muscles. These appliances are easy to care for and can also double as protection for your teeth from nightly grinding and clenching.