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TMJ Treatment Waco, TX

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If you regularly experience pain or discomfort while chewing, yawning, or simply moving your mouth, you may have a TMJ disorder. Fortunately, Lake Shore Dental offers TMJ treatment in Waco, TX. Our doctors have years of experience providing TMJ treatment to people of all ages.

If you suspect you have a TMJ disorder, visit our Lake Shore Dental office in Waco, TX, for an accurate diagnosis and possible solutions to your problem.

What is TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your lower jawbone to your skull. It comprises a complex system of jaw muscles, discs, ligaments, and bones you use to open and close your mouth. While located on either side of the head, they work together when you speak, swallow, or chew.

Anything that prevents the TMJ from working smoothly together may result in a TMJ disorder. TMJ disorders can be painful and often result from issues such as:

  • Tooth and jaw alignment issues
  • Arthritis
  • Dislocation
  • Jaw injury
  • Excessive jaw clenching
  • Stress
  • Teeth grinding

Symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

Individuals with TMJ disorder may experience:

  • Pain in the jaw and ears
  • Frequent headaches
  • Neck and back muscle pain
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Muscle spasms
  • Swelling in the neck
  • Migraines
  • Pain and stiffness upon waking and throughout the day
  • Improper bite (malocclusion)
  • Restricted jaw movement or jaw clicking/popping

What Does TMJ Treatment in Waco, TX, Involve

If you suffer from TMJ, Dr. Waggener and Dr. Kucera offer several types of TMJ treatment. These may include custom-made oral appliances to correct jaw alignment, medication to treat the symptoms, or corrective surgery for severe alignment issues.

Our doctors may also suggest stress management changes in your lifestyle to prevent teeth clenching or grinding. We often begin with the most conservative treatment options, such as oral appliances and muscle relaxants to relax your jaw, before moving to invasive options, such as surgery or medications. A combination of treatments often offers the best option.

The type of TMJ treatment that will most benefit you depends on your age, symptoms, and dental health history. After a comprehensive oral exam and discussion of your goals, our dentists can develop a custom care plan that aligns with your needs.

Contact our Lake Shore Dental office in Waco, TX, to learn more about TMJ treatment and request cost estimates.

Benefits of TMJ Treatment

TMJ treatment offers the following benefits:

Eliminate or reduce jaw pain: TMJ can cause different types of jaw pain, including joint pain and nerve pain. Regardless of the kind of jaw pain, TMJ treatment can reduce or even eliminate it.

Protect your teeth (and restorations): TMJ treatments help you avoid damage to your teeth and allow your restorations to give you their full, effective life.

Enhanced overall health: TMJ treatment can alleviate your discomfort and improve your overall well-being. You’ll enjoy an improved mood and quality of life.

If you or a loved one needs TMJ treatment in Waco, TX, contact Lake Shore Dental to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you achieve total oral and overall well-being.

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