What is TMJ?
You have probably heard people talking about the pain of TMJ in Allen. What they are really referring to is TMJ Disorder, a common disease, usually resulting from clenching and grinding, stress, medications, arthritis, tooth loss, poorly balanced restorations, or trauma.
The sad truth is, millions of Americans suffer from TMJ disorder, and it is the root cause of all kinds of discomfort from difficulty biting and chewing to chronic migraines.
Please give Dr. Tiplea at Allen Dental Studio a call if you :
- Have chronic headaches in Allen
- Teeth grinding
- Feel as if you can’t get through the day without popping pain killers because your neck aches and your jaw pops
- Have been to doctor after doctor only to be offered more painkillers instead of answers
Our TMJ disorder treatments can stop your pain, relax your jaw, and help you start smiling again.
So, What Exactly is the TMJ and Why Does it Cause so Much Trouble?
TMJ is an abbreviation for the Temporomandibular joint, a very busy and active joint and system of muscles and tendons that connect your lower jaw to your head. When this system becomes overtaxed, overloaded, or out of balance, it goes into spasm. That can be very painful and lead to a long list of often confusing and wide-ranging symptoms, including:
- Headaches or migraines
- Limited mouth opening
- Locking jaw or pain when you yawn, laugh, or chew crunchy foods
- Stiffness or soreness in the neck, shoulders, and back
- Facial pain
- Jaw pain
- Teeth grinding
- Cracking, popping, or grinding in the jaw
- Tingling fingertips
- Numbness in your fingers or arms
- Sensitive or loosening teeth
- Ringing or ear congestion
- Worn-down, broken, or lost teeth
Because the syndrome has such seemingly unrelated and vague symptoms, patients often go from doctor to doctor without finding a diagnosis or long-term help.
How Allen Dental Studio Can Help
Dr.Tiplea has advanced training in helping to treat TMJ in Allen so that clients find lasting relief and balance through a combination of proven methods and treatment modalities.
It starts with careful listening. Dr. Tiplea understands that you know your body and your symptoms best,. Hearing what you have to say is the first and most important part of the diagnostic and treatment process.
Once we have an understanding of your specific needs and situation, we want to offer as much immediate relief as possible. We do this by bringing about a state of relaxation and balance with a custom splint. Each splint is specially designed, fitted, and adjusted to ease muscles and create an artificially perfect bite. Sometimes that’s all our patients need to find complete relief and tooth protection.
Other times, we will use equilibration, a delicate procedure during which Dr. Tiplea carefully smooths and buffs the biting surfaces of your teeth. This harmonizes your bite and equalizes stress by removing any unevenness or irritant. When equilibration is complete, we restore and replace teeth that need care, and take impressions for your own, custom-made occlusal (bite) guard. This occlusal guard continues to balance your bite and protect your teeth from further damage.
Customers who were living with TMJ in Allen tell us the experience has been life-changing and allows them to get back to living the life they deserve – without pain!