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TMJ/TMD Treatment – Frisco, TX

Relief from Aching Jaws

Sometimes, it’s not your tooth, but your entire jaw that’s causing you discomfort. Your mandible (the lower jaw) relies on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) on either side of your head to open and close. An injured joint means your mouth can’t function properly, and you’ll likely suffer from constant jaw pain. If the quality of your life has started to degrade thanks to a TMJ disorder (TMD), call Plush Dentistry today and ask for a consultation with Dr. Ali or Dr. Kraipak.

Why Choose Plush Dentistry for TMJ/TMD Treatment?

Diagnosis & Treatment

TMJ disorders can be somewhat tricky to diagnose simply because they can have multiple causes. We’ll need to take X-rays, check the range of motion of your jaw, look for areas of discomfort, and perform additional tests to narrow down the exact nature of your disorder. After that, we can figure out what kind of treatment is best for you. There are a few different ways of relieving your pain, but we generally recommend equilibration or an occlusal splint. 

Equilibration/ Occlusal Adjustments

When you bite or chew, the pressure that your jaw exerts is distributed throughout the mouth; however, if the teeth don’t line up properly, you may end up putting too much pressure on your TMJ, leading to a disorder. We can use equilibration (also called an occlusal adjustment) to restore the bite so that it functions properly. This typically means reshaping certain teeth by removing small amounts of enamel from strategic areas so that the biting forces are spread evenly.

Occlusal Splints

Bruxism – grinding of the teeth at night – is a common cause of TMJ disorders; not only does it put undue pressure on the TMJ, but it also causes the teeth to wear down at an alarming rate. Occlusal splints are special oral appliances that act as a barrier to keep the teeth apart. They can also reposition your mouth in a way that helps your jaw muscles relax to protect the sensitive tissues.

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