Do you often wake up with migraines? Does your jaw pop or click when you eat? You may have TMJ. TMJ disorders are caused when the temporomandibular joint which connects the jawbone to the skull is injured. This joint dysfunction can lead to pain and sensitivity in the teeth, jaw, and face. We provide TMJ treatment to patients in Ellicott City, MD. At Halliburton Family Dentistry, Dr. Denise Halliburton helps patients receive restorative dentistry solutions, whether they have tooth wear, damage, or loss.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
Common signs of TMJ disorders often include:
- Jaw clenching
- Teeth grinding
- Neck and ear pain
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Muscle spasms
- Jaw pain
Please contact our office if you have noticed any of these symptoms. We will examine your smile and determine the best treatment options for your needs. TMJ disorders are often caused by stress, joint or cartilage damage, or an uneven bite.
TMJ Treatment Options
Patients with mild TMJ symptoms can complete jaw exercises to manage their TMJ. We also recommend that patients with jaw stress eat soft foods, use ice packs, and take pain medications to help manage their symptoms. Sometimes the mildest forms of TMJ can be reversed with these treatments.
Our team can also provide patients with nightguards, or custom oral appliances that are worn during sleep. Nightguards are created using each patient’s unique dental impressions to keep their teeth from grinding together at night. They prevent headaches, facial pain, tooth damage, and bruxism caused by TMJ disorders. Custom nightguards also help keep the teeth and jaw in the right position.
If you have worn broken, or damaged teeth as a result of your TMJ symptoms, we recommend dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and tooth crowns. These treatments cover and protect teeth as well as enhance their appearance.
Schedule a Dental Appointment
Are your teeth worn from grinding? Do you have frequent jaw pain? Receive TMJ therapy at Halliburton Family Dentistry today. Call Dr. Halliburton at 443.232.0656 or schedule a dental consultation with her on our website. Dr. Halliburton treats patients from Elkridge, Columbia, Ellicott City, and other areas in Howard County, Maryland.