TMJ Treatment Waco

Stop Chronic Jaw Pain & Headaches

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Do you have TMJ disorder? It’s estimated that over 10 million Americans may have some form of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. TMJ disorder is most commonly found among women between the ages of 20 and 40. For most patients, the disorder only causes mild and cyclical pain or discomfort. However, for other patients, severe and long-term symptoms occur. If you fall into the latter category, you can schedule an immediate appointment with Dr. Lassetter, Dr. Rivacoba, or Dr. Dhaon at Heart of Texas Smiles General & Cosmetic Dentistry to discuss our options for non-invasive TMJ treatment in Waco today.

Why Choose Heart of Texas Smiles General & Cosmetic Dentistry for TMJ Treatment?

  • Specially Trained Dentists & Dental Team
  • Effective Treatment Options to Achieve Much-Needed Relief
  • Customized Occlusal Splints for Maximum Comfort

What Is TMJ Disorder?

Woman holding her jaw in pain needing T M J treatment in Waco

TMJ dysfunction is a group of disorders that causes pain in the jaw joints and supporting muscles. TMJ disorder is commonly categorized as:

  • Myofascial Pain: Pain or discomfort in the muscles that control jaw function.
  • Internal Derangement: A displaced disc, dislocated jaw, or injury to the condyle.
  • Arthritis: A degenerative joint disorder that affects the temporomandibular joint.

The exact progression of TMJ disorder is unknown, however, it can often be a stress-induced disorder. It is not clear why symptoms worsen or ease over time in different patients. Though most patients experience mild forms of the disorder, for some, the condition causes long-term pain.

Common TMJ Disorder Symptoms

Older man holding his temples in pain

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should make an immediate TMJ disorder evaluation appointment:

  • Pain or tenderness in the jaw
  • Facial pain or earaches
  • Difficulty chewing properly
  • Locking of the jaw

Occlusal Splint Treatment

Dentist holding a light purple occlusal splint

With occlusal splint treatment, our team can have a custom-made appliance created to fit comfortably inside your mouth and reduce tension placed on your jaw joints. By creating a barrier against teeth grinding, it also works to alleviate additional pressure that causes jaw soreness and pain. There are many different types of occlusal splints; however, you can trust that our team will identify which one is right for you.