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TMJ Treatment – Midland, TX

How You Can Stop Chronic Jaw Pain

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When the bite is uneven, it may not seem like a big deal at first. The problem with having an uneven bite is that it puts two major oral structures at risk: your tooth enamel and your jaw’s joints. These joints, also known as the temporomandibular joints (TMJs), can experience undue stress over time due to your bite or smile being uneven. In order to avoid the complications that come with TMJ disorder or TMD, you can get treatment right here in Dr. Philipps’ dental office! To end chronic jaw pain and wake up headache free, give our dental office a call for TMJ treatment in Midland, TX!

Why Choose Laura Philipps, DMD for TMJ Treatment?

  • Custom-Made Orthotic Oral Appliances Available
  • Dedicated to Creating Lasting Relationships with Patients
  • Appointments are Reserved Just for You

What Are the Temporomandibular Joints?

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When we are talking about the TMJs, we’re talking about the joints that connect the mandible (jaw) to the skull. These joints are responsible for the many complex movements that your jaw makes, whether you’re chewing food, yawning, laughing, speaking, or moving your jaw in any way. When these joints experience disproportionate amounts of stress, they can become inflamed and sore. Without proper treatment, they can even lead to chronic headaches or migraines, earaches, lockjaw, even permanent damage to your joints, and pain in the upper back, neck, and shoulder. Thankfully, Dr. Philipps can provide the treatment necessary to counter your symptoms and prevent complications.

Do I Have Symptoms for TMJ Disorder?

Woman in pain holding jaw

There are many symptoms of TMJ disorder to keep in mind. The most common symptoms to watch out for are pain or tenderness in the jaw, especially following a jaw injury. Those who experience jaw injuries or suffer from bruxism (chronic teeth grinding and clenching) are at higher risk of developing a TMJ disorder. Other symptoms to keep in mind include:

  • Pain in one or both of the TMJs
  • Aching pain around or in the ear
  • Difficulty chewing food
  • Pain while chewing food
  • Aching facial pain
  • Difficulty opening or closing the jaw, a condition known as lockjaw

What Does Treatment Entail?

X-ray of jaw and skull bone on tablet computer

When you come into our dental office for treatment, Dr. Philipps makes sure to perform a very detailed examination of your jaw in order to confirm that TMJ disorder is present. After paying close attention to your bite and how it comes together, she’ll go through your treatment options. This could include equilibration or occlusal adjustments to your teeth, especially if you have older restorations that are making your bite uneven. Treatment may also include an orthotic occlusal splint, which keeps your jaw in a more aligned position and relieve and remove muscle pain felt in the jaw. Many people notice positive results after just a few days of use!