TMD or TMJ are the terms used to describe a range of symptoms caused by the disturbance of the jaw muscle or joint. While there is no one singular cause or treatment of the disorder, it is essential for your oral health to seek diagnosis and treatment to alleviate the associated chronic pain and damage to your teeth. Dr. Mark Sowell screens every patient for the signs of bruxism. Plano, TX Sensational Smiles offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of TMD conditions.
Clenching and grinding of teeth can cause damage to your teeth, gums, and to the function of your jaw. Excessive wear, chips, and cracks of the teeth can often be caused by the repeated act of grinding or clenching teeth. This repeated action is called bruxism. Although many patients grind their teeth throughout the day, a significant amount of patients are grinding or clenching while asleep, and may not be aware of the damage they are causing their teeth and gums.
Knowing the signs and symptoms of TMD can make you aware you may be suffering from the oral health condition. Seeking treatment for TMD as soon as possible can help you avoid the development of further deterioration of your oral health.
- Sensitivity in teeth & gums
- Chronic jaw pain
- Popping or clicking of the jaw
- Tense muscles
- Frequent headaches
- Excessive wear or flat teeth
- Tongue indentations
Treating TMD & TMJ in Plano
There is no one size fits all treatment for any oral health concern. Dr. Sowell treats each patient on an individual basis and will help your form a treatment plan that will best suit your goals and budget and that will improve your oral health.
Dr. Sowell offers thermoplastic appliance to help reduce bruxism. The plastic device is carefully fabricated to fit over your teeth for protection and a decrease of stress in the jaw muscle and joint. Many patients find relief after just a few nights of wearing their device. Patients report having fewer headaches and jaw tension due to a decrease in clenching and grinding while asleep.
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If you believe you may be suffering from TMJ or TMD related pain, contact our Plano dentist office for a consultation. Dr. Sowell can help relieve the stress on your jaw, and offers comprehensive restorative and cosmetic dentistry to address any damage already done to your teeth or gums.