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TMJ Treatment—South Austin, TX

Find Relief from Persistent Jaw Pain

Woman with jaw pain, may need TMJ treatment in South Austin

Persistent jaw pain and other symptoms of TMJ disorder (TMD) can interfere with your daily life and make it difficult to eat your favorite foods. If you believe that you require TMJ treatment in South Austin, visit our practice. Dr. Jack Fan offers multiple treatments that are designed to relieve your discomfort and help you get back to enjoying a pain-free life. To schedule your consultation or learn more about TMD, contact our friendly team today.

Why Chooses The Dental Centre for TMJ Treatment?

  • Experienced Dentist
  • Friendly Team
  • Multiple Treatment Options

What Is TMJ Disorder?

Skull model behind TMJ sign, next to X-Ray

Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your lower jaw to the rest of your skull. When the joint and the surrounding tissues, experience problems, the condition may fall under the umbrella of TMJ disorder, also called TMJ dysfunction or TMD. Many different factors can cause TMD, including stress, injury, and more. It is a complex problem that many general physicians do not understand and are prone to misdiagnose. It can affect anyone, but it is most common in women of childbearing age.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

Woman with pained expression, experiencing symptoms of TMD

Jaw pain is one of the most common symptoms of TMD. However, it can manifest itself in many other ways. Here are some signs and symptoms to look out for:

  • Difficulty chewing
  • The sensation of lockjaw
  • Earaches or ringing in the ears
  • Neckaches, backaches, and shoulder aches
  • Poor posture
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Limited ability to open the mouth
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching)

Types of TMJ Treatment

Dentist holding skull model, considering types of TMJ treatment

The best treatment for TMD depends on what is causing it. For example, if stress is contributing to the problem, you will need a different treatment than someone whose TMD is due to a misaligned bite. Dr. Fan, your dentist in South Austin, will use advanced diagnostic techniques to analyze your condition before he recommends a solution. Here are a few of the TMD treatments that he offers:

Occlusal Splint

Close-up of woman’s smile as she holds occlusal splint

In addition to being a symptom of TMD, bruxism can also worsen or cause the condition. An occlusal splint — a custom, small oral appliance that is worn at night — places a barrier between the teeth to stop unconscious grinding and clenching. It also slightly alters the position of the jaw, helping overworked facial muscles to relax.

Equilibration/Occlusal Adjustment

Smiling dental patient at appointment for occlusal adjustment

Malocclusion (bite problems) often cause TMD. In many cases, full orthodontic treatment is not necessary to address minor bite issues that contribute to TMJ problems. You might just need to have one of your restorations (such as a crown or filling) adjusted so your teeth work harmoniously together. In some cases, minor alterations to the teeth are also necessary.

Treatment with a TENS Machine

TENS machine and electrodes isolated against white background

TENS is an acronym that stands for “transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.” That sounds complicated, but the underlying ideal is pretty simple. Electrical currents stimulate the nerves and muscles around your TMJ, helping them to relax. It encourages the release of pain-fighting endorphins. TENS therapy is a great way to experience fast TMD symptom relief.