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TMJ

Have pain or clicking sounds in your jaw? Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD or TMJ, could be affecting your temporomandibular joints.

When TMJs are affected by TMD, many medical issues can occur. The esteemed dentists of Fort Bend Dental in Missouri City, TX, can help.

How can the doctors at our cozy, state-of-the-art Missouri City, TX, practice relieve jaw joint and jaw muscle pain caused by TMD?

TMJ vs. TMD

Your TMJs, or temporomandibular joints, are the jaw joints that move the jaws up and down and side-to-side. TMD is short for temporomandibular joint disorder, a medical condition that can damage your TMJs. TMJ disorder is a form of TMD, but many people just call the condition TMJ.

TMD Symptoms Can Make Life Miserable

TMD can take a serious toll on your quality of life. Our Missouri, TX, team can create a personalized TMD treatment plan using advanced, nonsurgical techniques to provide relief. Contact us if you are experiencing:

  • Chronic jaw joint pain
  • Locking jaw
  • Severe headaches
  • Back, face, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Aches by your ears
  • Grinding or clicking noises in your jaw joints
  • Toothaches
  • Dizziness
  • Upper and lower teeth not touching

Is TMJ Disorder Common?

Diagram of TMJ disorder conditions
According to TMJ.org, over 30 million Americans suffer from this condition, so never feel like you're the only person suffering from TMD and TMJ pain. Please contact our Missouri City, TX, dental practice by phone or online so we can provide you with the relief you deserve.

Our TMJ Disorder Treatment Options

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Mouth Guards

Mouth guards are a simple and effective TMD treatment. After taking impressions of your smile, your dentist can design a plastic device that fits comfortably around your teeth. Gentle pressure will push your lower jaw slightly forward, reducing pressure on your TMJs. This can allow inflamed jaw joints and muscles to relax. A mouth guard can also stop your from grinding and clenching.

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Lifestyle Changes

Simple lifestyle changes like not chewing gum or resting your chin on your hand can reduce jaw joint strain. Improving your posture can also  reduce pressure on your jaw. A temporary soft diet may be suggested to give your strained jaw muscles and tissues a chance to heal.

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Medication

In some cases, pain medications and anti-inflammatories prescribed by our doctors can help. Since our team always tried to address the cause of your TMD and not just the symptoms, medication therapy is usually combined with another TMJ treatment.

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BOTOX® for TMD

BOTOX injections, which are normally used to reduce facial wrinkles, can greatly relieve TMJ disorder symptoms. Each injection contains safe amounts of diluted botulinum toxin, which blocks nerve signals and reduces muscle tension and spasms. By relaxing your facial muscles, BOTOX can reduce the tension that causes headaches and other discomfort.

The BOTOX TMJ Treatment Procedure 

Before BOTOX treatment, your Fort Bend Dental dentist will numb the area for your comfort. BOTOX injections will then be given at strategic locations. The appointment will usually take 15 to 30 minutes and you should start to notice the effects after about one week. Results last between three and six months and you can receive repeat treatments on an as-needed basis. 

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Anyssa Cormier

2021

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This was my first visit with this office and I am ALREADY impressed with the level of professionalism and courtesy they have shown. They mapped out a plan of treatment that fit for me and never pushed me to do anything I was uncomfortable with. Dr. Brian K. Machart and his staff (Kim) REALLY made me feel welcome and listened to everything I said. I will definitely be going to this office for all my dental needs! Thank you so much for your care!

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Elle Synchronicity

2021

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I was blown away by FORT BEND DENTAL. I was looking for a dentist for my family. I knew what I wanted but did not know how to go about finding it. I saw a video on social media, and was like wow that looks like a place I can try, right here in my neighborhood. And from the beginning I was in love, it wasn't just the state of the art facility with things I had never seen before. It was the personal stake that was taken in our family. It was the care that was given, we were not just clients, I feel like.....we are a team. I love Fort Bend Dental

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Fort Bend Dental has provided Fort Bend County with high-quality dental care for over 30 years. With three convenient locations in Richmond, TX, and Missouri City, TX, to serve you and your family, our services include:

  • General Dentistry
  • Complete Family Dentistry
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Restorative Dentistry

Contact us online, or call us at (281) 499-3541 to request an appointment today!

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