Houston, TX patients who are faced with lock jaw or other problems with their temporomandibular joint (or TMJ) are often dealing with daily pain and discomfort. They may be unsure as to what is causing this problem and may not know who to turn to for help. Patients who have problems with their TMJ are welcome to visit Dr. Heather F. Fleschler to get a proper diagnosis and to work with a provider who can facilitate treatment.
What is the TMJ and how can it become problematic?
The TMJ is the joint that hinges the jaw together. In addition, there are many muscles and nerves surrounding the jaw joint. When the joint becomes dysfunctional, it can cause patients pain, discomfort, locking, and even popping and clicking when they are eating or speaking. This problem can become a daily concern and may impact a patient’s daily life. By visiting a dentist, patients can get a proper diagnosis and discuss treatment for a chronic condition such as temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. The condition is diagnosed with an evaluation as well as x-rays, in addition to the description of problems experienced by the patient. Once diagnosed, patients will learn about ways to address the issue. In most cases, patients with TMJ/TMD neuromuscular issues may benefit from the use of an oral appliance.
Understanding oral appliance therapy
In most cases, TMJ/TMD concerns can be improved with the use of oral appliance therapy. This is the use of a custom mouth guard that is worn by the patient at night or during the day to address the clenching and grinding that can accompany the condition. At the same time, it helps in keeping the jaw properly aligned to help reduce the likelihood of pain and discomfort associated with this and other neuromuscular concerns.
Ready to discuss neuromuscular concerns with an experienced provider?
Call Dr. Heather F. Fleschler and her team at (713) 660-6500 and visit the office at 5252 Westchester Street, Suite #200. Patients in and around the Houston, TX community can seek treatment with our professionals to combat conditions such as TMJ/TMD that can be problematic on a daily basis.