TMJ disorders can have a significant impact on your oral function as well as the quality of your day-to-day life, and may affect your ability to eat, speak and yawn normally. Our experienced dentist offers TMJ treatments in Enid, Oklahoma, to alleviate your discomfort and help you regain normal, healthy oral function. To learn more about TMJ treatment and schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Erin Roberts, contact Healthy Smiles today at 580-237-0694.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) plays a crucial role in connecting the lower jaw to the head. TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, occurs when this joint becomes stressed, injured or misaligned. Various factors can contribute to TMD, such as stress, bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), arthritis in the TMJ, or head, neck and jaw trauma.
If you frequently experience jaw pain or facial pain, you may be suffering from TMD. Additional symptoms of TMJ disorders can include:
- Grinding, clicking or popping sounds in the jaw when opening and closing the mouth
- The inability to open the mouth wide for speaking, yawning or chewing
- A locked or stuck jaw
- Pain when chewing and biting
- Discomfort in the neck, shoulders or ears
- Frequent headaches
To determine the cause of your TMJ disorder and recommend appropriate treatment, our experienced dentist and team care here to help. We use a neuromotor reflex testing to help isolate the cause of your TMJ disorder and diagnose the severity of your condition. This testing helps assess the function and coordination of the jaw muscles and nerves involved in jaw movement. By analyzing these reflexes, we can gain valuable insights into the underlying neuromuscular imbalances contributing to your TMJ disorder. This information guides the development of a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
Your treatment plan may involve the use of day or nighttime appliances. Our dentist may also recommend facial and jaw relaxation exercises, lifestyle changes or restorative dental treatments. If your condition is particularly severe, our dentist may recommend a surgical procedure.
With our expertise and a multidimensional approach, we aim to alleviate your TMJ symptoms, improve jaw function and enhance your overall quality of life. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards finding relief from your TMJ disorder.