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TMJ Disorder

Headaches, Neck Aches, Grinding and Popping

If you suffer from chronic headaches or jaw popping, you may suffer from TMJ Disorder (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder).

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Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) develops from problems linked to your jaw muscles or your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). TMJ can be a trivial annoyance you tolerate or when more severe, may lead to life style changes. For example, you might feel a minor pain that quickly subsides when you bite down on hard food, or you might feel more intense pain when you talk or when you chew on food – hard or soft.

What is the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your lower jaw, the mandible, to the temporal bone of your skull located in front of your ear on each side of your head. The joint is flexible allowing your jaw to move easily, up and down, which allows you to talk, chew, and yawn. Your muscles that attach to and surround your TMJ manage the movement and location of your jaw.

What Can Cause TMJ Disorder?

The causes of TMJ disorder vary from patient to patient. You should beware of problems with the muscles of your jaw or with the joint and discuss them with Dr. Taylor at your dental check up. Trauma to the TMJ, jaw, or head and neck muscles can trigger TMJ disorders, as well.

What are Signs of TMJ?

The following signs may suggest TMJ:

  • You have headaches and neck aches
  • Your teeth are sensitive to hot and cold
  • Your TMJ grinds, pops, or clicks
  • Your teeth become worn down, loose, or broken
  • You have facial pain
  • Your jaw locks when your mouth opens or closes
  • Your facial and jaw muscles tighten

Plano Parkway Dental offers TruDenta®, a revolutionary system designed to diagnose and treat these symptoms. Through a series of painless tests, the dental team can help discover the source of your pain and prescribe a personalized program of therapy and rehabilitation designed to lead to lasting resolution of your migraine and headache pain.

What Relief is Available for TMJ Disorders?

At Plano Parkway Dental, Dr. Jesse Taylor and his team provide headache relief without depending on drug therapy. Through the TruDenta pain relief system, you can be in control of your healing process and live the life you have always wanted – one free of pain.

The TruDenta procedures last about 50 minutes and include several proven, FDA approved technologies. Dr. Taylor's recommendation for treatment will depend on the severity of your TMJ. The treatments, ranging from one to twelve treatments a week, are conveniently performed in the Plano Parkway Dental office. Additionally, the treatments are painless, and needle-free, and there are no drugs involved.

Remember, headaches, migraines, clenching, grinding, broken teeth and other symptoms are often the result of unbalanced forces within the mouth, head, neck, and jaw. At Plano Parkway Dental, we can now treat and resolve the underlying cause of the problem, not just the symptoms, with TruDenta® pain relief. Dr. Taylor offers a free consultation to determine if TruDenta is right for you. Do not let TMJ control your life. Take control; call today!

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