TMJ Therapy in Hewitt, TX
Relieve Persistent Facial & Jaw Pain
While occasional facial discomfort is natural, this tension could also be a sign of a condition known as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ Disorder/TMD). When too much pressure is put on your jaw, it can cause a variety of issues that can negatively impact your daily life. Thankfully, Dr. Nicholas Sager is proud to provide patients with TMJ therapy to alleviate any strain, tensior, or weakness in their facial muscles. Read on to learn how you can benefit from our treatment options.
What Is TMD?
TMD or TMJ Disorder is a condition where your jaw muscles become stiff due to being strained or overworked. While symptoms vary from patient to patient, the disorder is characterized by severe headaches, facial pain, jaw pain, and teeth grinding. TMD can be caused by many factors, including previous injury, bite misalignment, and stress.
If not treated properly, this condition can gradually wear your jaw and cause it to feel tense. That’s why it’s important to receive TMJ therapy, which is designed to give your temporomandibular joint the relief it needs to prevent jaw pain and facial discomfort.
Causes of TMD
While TMD can be caused by a number of factors, most cases usually result from excessive stress being placed on the jaw muscle. Other proven causes of TMD include:
- Clenching or teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Osteoarthritis of rheumatoid arthritis in the joint
- Muscle or joint damage due to past injury
- Dislocated or damaged disc within the joint
- Misaligned or missing teeth
If you experience any discomfort or pain in your jaw, call our Hewitt office at (254) 666-1686 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sager. It’s important to visit a qualified dentist like Dr. Sager to receive proper treatment and avoid potentially worse symptoms.
Symptoms of TMD
It’s important to know the signs of TMD and not write them off as just normal facial pain. Symptoms of TMD include:
- Recurring jaw pain or stiffness
- Popping sounds when you move your jaw
- Facial pain or swelling
- Ringing (tinnitus) or aching in your ear
- Head, neck, shoulder, or jaw pain
- Worn down or fractured teeth
If any of these symptoms sound familiar, Dr. Sager can help determine the exact severity of your TMD and develop a treatment plan that works for you. Call our practice at (254) 666-1686 to learn more about our therapy options.
Treatment Solutions for TMD
Your treatment solution for TMD will depend on the severity of your case. The most common solution recommended for patients is a simple customized night guard worn overnight. This will help prevent teeth grinding and clenching of the jaw while sleeping.
If you suffer from missing teeth, this can cause your teeth to shift and your bit to become misaligned. As a result, this can cause you to develop TMD since your teeth can’t rest properly in your mouth. Luckily, at Central Texas Dental Care, Dr. Sager offers dental implants to help restore the strength of your teeth. In more extreme cases, a combination of surgical intervention and orthodontic treatment may also be recommended.
Our expert team will always attempt every possible solution for treating your TMD before recommending surgery. It’s our goal to find the quickest, least invasive way possible to relieve your symptoms. We’ll always prioritize your comfort and safety throughout your treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I seek treatment for TMD?
If you experience persistent facial pain or stiffness in your jaw, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Sager or one of our expert dentists. It’s important to receive TMJ therapy as soon as possible to relieve your symptoms and prevent them from worsening. Our expert team is dedicated to giving you the care you need so that you can live a pain-free life.
Does TMD go away on its own?
Your TMD symptoms won’t go away on its own without receiving TMJ therapy. If you ignore whatever pain you’re experiencing, this can further complicate the issues with your jaw muscle and potentially require more invasive procedures. To start finding relief from your TMD, schedule a consultation with our Hewitt practice so Dr. Sager can develop a treatment plan.
How will my TMD symptoms be treated?
Dentists are not only concerned with your teeth — your jaw health is also important. Our dentists will determine the root cause of your TMD by evaluating your oral health to spot any abnormalities. Based on this information, we’ll provide you with a variety of treatment options that best fit your unique case.
Can TMD cause hearing loss?
TMD can cause hearing loss if left untreated for too long. Your temporomandibular joints are located on either side of your head and near your ears. If there’s an issue with this area, it can cause you to develop problems with your hearing due to the close proximity. The good news is that receiving TMJ therapy can help improve the condition of your ears while also help you regain your hearing.
Visit Central Texas Dental Care for TMJ Therapy
Are you dealing with frequent facial or jaw pain? Don’t suck it up and let it continue for any longer. Visit Central Texas Dental Care to receive immediate treatment, since it can be a sign of TMD. Dr. Sager and our expert team can provide you with specialized TMJ therapy to help you find the relief you deserve. Contact our Hewitt office by calling (254) 666-1686 or by completing an online contact form.