TMJ/TMD Therapy – Dallas, TX
Relief from Jaw Discomfort
Many people spend most of their lives unaware of the small, triangular joints located just below and in front of the ears. Known as the temporomandibular joints (TMJs), they allow you to open and close your mouth. However, when the TMJs get thrown off-balance from stress, bite misalignment, injury, or other circumstances, it can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms that are impossible to ignore. Jaw clicking and pain in the face, neck, ears, and shoulders are all common symptoms of TMJ disorder (TMD). Luckily, Dr. Jina L. Kaiser can provide relief from jaw discomfort with TMJ/TMD therapy.
Why Choose Jina L. Kaiser, DDS for TMJ/TMD Therapy?
- Experienced Dentist with Advanced TMJ/TMD Training
- Fully Personalized Occlusal Splints
- Warm, Cozy Dental Office
Diagnosis & Treatment
TMD develops when the jaw joints become misaligned or strained, exerting pressure on the nearby nerves and muscles. This can occur for a variety of reasons, such as bruxism (chronic teeth grinding), orthodontic issues, faulty dental restorations, mental stress, and physical trauma. When you meet with Dr. Kaiser for an appointment, she’ll ask you about your symptoms, perform a detailed visual examination, and capture digital X-rays to identify whether TMD is to blame. From there, she can draw up a treatment plan that directly addresses the problem.
In some cases, poorly shaped or placed dental restorations, like crowns, can unevenly distribute the biting force, which strains the jaw joints. To relieve this pressure on your TMJs and even out your bite, we can carefully reshape these restorations. We may even adjust your natural teeth in order to bring your bite into the proper alignment.
Another way to alleviate discomfort from TMD is with a custom-fit oral appliance called an occlusal splint. When you wear this device to bed, it gently shifts the resting position of your jaw while protecting your teeth rom clenching and grinding. As a result, patients who wear an occlusal splint for a certain period of time often enjoy long-lasting or even permanent relief from TMD-related pain.