Located in front of both of your ears is a joint that connects your lower jaw to the temporal bone of your skull. This is called the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The TMJ is responsible for allowing your jaw to move smoothly as you eat, speak, laugh, and yawn. Sometimes TMJ disorders can occur, causing pain, discomfort, jaw problems, migraine headaches, and earaches, amongst other symptoms. While each case is different, some of the common causes of TMJ disorders include:
- Bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching)
- Poor posture
- Illness or disease
- Bite misalignment
At Bullard Family Dentistry, we provide multiple types of TMJ treatment in Bullard, Texas. TMJ treatments are designed to alleviate pain and help you enjoy your daily activities again. Treatment will vary based on your individual needs and the severity of your case, but medication, night guards, and specialized BOTOX® treatments can minimize pain, reduce stress on the TMJ, and relax strained muscles. We invite you to schedule your appointment with Dr. Allen and Dr. Denison, our seasoned dentists, today to better understand how the TMJ works and how we can help guide you through a TMJ disorder. We look forward to working with you as we start you on the road to a pain-free life.