TMJ Treatment in Longview, TX
Quickly & Efficiently Fulfilling All Your Oral Healthcare Needs
At Vaca & Kirby Dental, we take pride in considering your overall health with every dental treatment. One of the ways we do this is by keeping an eye on your TMJ (temporomandibular joint). These are the small hinges located in front of your ears which allow your jaw to move fluidly whenever you talk or eat. Like any other joint in the body, they can become strained or injured, leading to a temporomandibular disorder (TMD). If you develop this condition, you don’t need to see a specialist—you can get it treated right here in Longview by Dr. David Vaca and Dr. Chris Kirby. Does your jaw pop or click frequently? Is it consistently stiff and hard to move? Do you get headaches and earaches all the time? If so, it may be TMD, so be sure to contact our office today to get relief.
Diagnosis & Treatment
When you come in for your checkup, we will always monitor the health of your TMJ. We’ll test its range of motion and see how your bite comes together (which is called the “occlusion”). If you have been having problems or if we notice anything, we can prescribe a variety of treatment plans to correct the problem. This may involve doing simple stretches, a procedure called an equilibration/occlusal adjustment, or using an occlusal splint.
TMD can sometimes be caused by the teeth coming together incorrectly. This can prevent the jaw from closing properly and even put dangerous levels of stress and pressure on the teeth—both of which can lead to pain. If we determine that this is the problem, we will take an impression of your bite to see where these stressed areas are located. We’ll then gently remove a microscopic amount of your enamel so that the teeth slide together smoothly, allowing your jaw to function naturally and comfortably.
This device is a small mouthpiece you would wear each night to bed to help alleviate your TMD. It works by slightly repositioning the jaw so that it sits in a more natural position. For those suffering from bruxism, it can also prevent the teeth from grinding together. Over time, the jaw will slowly begin to settle into this new position, and after a while (weeks to months), you might not need to wear the splint any more.
Call us today at (903) 206-3464 to schedule an appointment for TMJ treatment in Longview, TX.
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