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TMJ Treatment

Are you tired of waking up with jaw pain that persists throughout the day? You may have a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.

TMJ treatment can help alleviate painful symptoms that keep you from eating, speaking, and living comfortably.

Learn how the dentists at Stephens and Gatewood Dentistry in Spring, TX, can provide effective treatment to relieve the symptoms of TMD.

Get to Know Your Temporomandibular Joint

Your TMJs are hinge joints in the jaw that open and close your mouth. These joints are essential as they help you eat, speak, and make facial expressions.

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What Is a TMJ Disorder?

A TMJ disorder occurs when the TMJ or muscles surrounding it are dysfunctional. This disorder causes painful symptoms for the temporomandibular disorder patient and, if left untreated, can cause significant oral health problems. The disorder can affect anyone but is most common in:

  • Women
  • Patients who grind their teeth (bruxism)
  • Patients with high stress levels
  • Adults between ages 20-40 

Have TMD Symptoms?  Schedule an Appointment to Find Relief

If you resonate with any of the symptoms above, come one of our two Spring, TX, dental offices for a free consultation. Our dentists are highly trained and use state-of-the-art equipment to assess your condition and point you in the right direction.

Request a consultation online or by calling the office nearest you:

Cypresswood: (832) 847-6838

 

Auburn Lakes: (832) 737-1417

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Stephens and Gatewood Dentistry in Spring, TX, has provided caring, comprehensive dental care to individuals and families for over a decade.
"Since the symptoms of TMJ might have overlapping symptoms with other types of conditions, people should see their doctors to be properly diagnosed." American Dental Association

TMJ Treatment Is the Only Way to Treat Symptoms

Take a closer look at how your TMJ disorder can cause painful symptoms to the jawbone and surrounding area. 

A misaligned bite causes chronic tension and pain in the muscles around the jaw. Tension from TMD radiates down the neck to the rest of the body. The cartilage in the jaw becomes misshapen and displaced over time. If the cartilage deteriorates, the jawbone will grind against the skull.

Schedule a free consultation at one of our Spring, TX, offices to start treating your TMD.

"When people suffer ongoing symptoms, their doctors might recommend a variety of different treatments, including medications, non-surgical procedures, or surgery." American Dental Association

TMJ Disorders Can Cause Other Dental Health Problems

The only way to prevent your TMD from getting worse and causing other dental health problems is by seeking out treatment. Masking the temporomandibular joint disorder symptoms with pain medication will only temporarily solve your problem. If left untreated, a TMD can cause: 

Worn Teeth

Tooth enamel can wear away over time from clenching and grinding the teeth. Worn teeth can result in sensitive, fractured, and chipped teeth. Worn teeth can also lead to a misaligned bite.

Bone and Cartilage Loss

The cartilage that supplies a cushiony buffer between your jaw joints and skull can wear away if a TMD is left untreated. Also, if your TMJ causes tooth loss, jaw atrophy can occur.

Missing Teeth 

In extreme cases of TMJ disorders, patients may lose their teeth from the constant pressure put upon them. Your teeth may become loose and eventually fall out if you don't seek treatment. 

Gum Recession

Clenching and grinding your teeth puts unwanted pressure on your gums as well as the teeth and jaw. This pressure can lead to gum recession and exposed tooth roots. From here, you're more likely to develop decay and increased sensitivity.

Drs. Stephens, Gatewood, Pagano, and Swann

Stephens and Gatewood Dentistry

Drs. Stephens, Gatewood, Pagano, and Swann offer top-of-the-line dentistry for you and your entire family. Our experienced team is affiliated with a number of prestigious organizations, including:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The American Academy of General Dentistry
  • The Texas Dental Association
  • The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • The National Dental Honor Society
  • CEREC Doctors

Patients in the greater Houston region can enjoy free consultations at our practices in Cypresswood and Auburn Lakes. Request your consultation by filling out our online form or calling (832) 847-6838

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