TMJ Treatment

TMJ Disorders Treatment

Are you experiencing pain in your jaw joints and have a difficult time opening and closing your mouth? You might be having a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. To be certain, consult with our dentists so that proper treatment can be applied. Here at Longview Family and Emergency Dental Care, we provide treatment for jaw pain caused by TMJ disorder. Read on to find out more.

 

 

 

 

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  • 5 star review  I have to say this was probably one of the most plesant places I have been. They were very gentle with my emergency extraction. Highly reccomend this place. Everyone was so nice. I called at 8am and was out before 11am

    thumb The Glass Alchemist
    8/21/2020

    5 star review  I came in on a Saturday in a ridiculous amount of pain after searching far and wide for an open dentist office. The receptionist/assistant was an extremely kind, funny, sweet girl who instantly made me feel at ease. She’s prompt, knowledgeable, and super easy to talk to! The dentist was just as wonderful! He understood that I was a little nervous and did his absolute best (and succeeded) to talk me through everything. He answered all of my dumb questions very attentively and with a smile. I’ve finally found a dentist that I actually like! The office is an hour drive away from where I live, but the quality care and kindness more than makes up for the long drive! Thank you so much, Dr. Adam! I’m forever grateful to you for being open on a Saturday!

    thumb Jess Johns
    3/22/2020

    5 star review  I had to go in on Sunday very last minute for a tooth extraction and I was terrified but Dr. Adam and Alma were excellent and kept me calm and were very reassuring! Dr. Adam is very funny and he kept me laughing as much as possible and it really helped me to feel more comfortable!

    thumb Allison Tomme
    8/30/2020
  • 5 star review  Wow Dr.Adam and Alma did a wonderful job. THE DENTIST was the best ever, he really cared and explained and answered every little question I had. He took care of things I've neglected for years due to price but with my insurance and him not price gouging the procedures I was able to have 2 wisdom teeth pulled,root canal,and filling and a deep cleaning. He truley cares and its quality work! 👍👍

    thumb Tamara Schickel
    7/31/2020

    5 star review  My mouth ways killing me. I am so thankful that Longview Family and Emergency Dental Care was open. Dr. Adam was super nice. He helped me out with my tooth pain. He was extremely professional.

    thumb A Google User
    9/07/2020

    5 star review  Very friendly staff. I had a filling break loose and they got me right in. Highly recommend them to anyone.

    thumb Kelly Lindsey
    9/11/2020
  • 5 star review  Dr. Zaher and his staff are great! From my first contact with them, I felt they truly cared about my problem. They got me in promptly and I knew in that first visit what needed to be done. They're professional in every way and I highly recommend them. Do not hesitate if you need dental services. They'll take the very best care of you. Thank you, Dr. Zaher and support staff.

    thumb Pam Faves Minton
    7/21/2020

    5 star review  Very friendly staff. I had a filling break loose and they got me right in. Highly recommend them to anyone.

    thumb A Google User
    9/11/2020

    5 star review  Dr Adam and his staff are so pleasant and kind! I would give them ten stars if I could. I had absolutely no pain or anxiety during my procedure. I was constantly asked how I was doing and I was well taken care of. Best dentist ever!

    thumb Erika Burkhalter
    6/19/2020
  • 5 star review  Longview Family and Emergency dental care has a beautiful office with an amazing staffs. Loved walking in there and feeling at home. Dr. Adam was so funny and understanding . He took his time to make me feel comfortable during the treatment. Would definitely recommend to anybody seeking dental needs 😊

    thumb Jennifer Arriaga
    1/19/2020

    5 star review  This was the most amazing place and people!! My husband was in extreme pain from a wisdom tooth. They got us in on a Saturday at 7:00 pm and took great care of everything. Plus they x-rayed my son, cleaned his teeth, filled multiple teeth, added sealants to a few. All for a great price. We will be back in 2 weeks for more work. The dentist, assistant and office staff are all amazing! We found our dental home!

    thumb Sheila Robert
    5/31/2020

    5 star review  Hands down best dental care I have ever experienced! I was terrified to have 3 of my wisdom teeth removed, but Dr. Zaher and his staff at Longview family and emergency dental made the process so comfortable and without any pain! I was told about all my options and had all my questions answered clearly. I happened to go back again for a filling and once again great care and service! I am so thankful I found this dental clinic, honest and great care! Thank you !!

    thumb Ola Huzo
    1/14/2020
  • 5 star review  Went in for a emergency wisdom tooth extraction last night and had a wonderful experience! Dr Adam made sure to lay out all my options for me treatment wise and let me go with my decision with confidence. He did the whole procedure on his own and my husband and I were more than impressed. Would definitely recommend!!! 💕

    thumb Avery Martinez
    9/03/2020

    5 star review  Dr. Adam is an absolutely outstanding dentist. He is very professional and talented. He has a great experience and does an excellent job.He genuinely cares about his patients. I would highly recommend him without any hesitation.

    thumb Ala Nijim
    1/15/2020

    5 star review  I would highly recommend this place for all you dental needs. I had no idea there were places that stayed open this late for people like me I couldn’t wait any longer to go. I was in so much pain.. Ms. Andrea, Ms. Alma and Dr. Zaher are now my favorite people lol. They were patient with me. I have a fear of dentist. They made me feel like family. I’ll surely be back to get all of my work done! You guys are Amazing! Thank you again!

    thumb Miranda Long
    5/30/2020
  • 5 star review  WOW. What a great experience, a refreshing scene at Long View Family and Emergency Dental Care. Kindness and professionalism from Dr. Zaher and his staff from the time you walk in until the time you leave. When the financial peer come, I was amazed considering the price with the great service that was provided. I will definitely be back for any and all dental procedures. Did I mention they gave me a same day appointment? Thank you so much Dr. Zaher and staff at Longview Emergency and Dental care!!

    thumb Laura Baily
    5/18/2020

    5 star review  The only place that would schedule me in the same day came all the way to the clinic just to do my extractions was very professional and very clean i drove all the way from arkansas and i got the best service!!

    thumb Alanna Taber
    7/21/2020

    5 star review  I really fell in love with this Dentist Office. When you walk in the atmosphere is great, friendly, homie place. I was in so much pain they seen me the same day. The doctor is so amazing and he has a heart for what he does and put your needs first. If you're looking for a great dentist check this office out. Even open on the weekends

    thumb Veronica Mills
    6/28/2020
  • 5 star review  Dr. Adam and his staff are amazing. I was in severe pain, they went above and beyond to make sure I was comfortable. I highly recommend his office! The pricing was amazing too!

    thumb Jaclyn Lively
    5/15/2020

    5 star review  Longview Family and Emergency dental care has a beautiful office with an amazing staffs. Loved walking in there and feeling at home. Dr. Adam was so funny and understanding . He took his time to make me feel comfortable during the treatment. Would definitely recommend to anybody seeking dental needs 😊

    thumb Jennifer Winter
    1/19/2020

    5 star review  Longview Family and Emergency dental care has a beautiful office with an amazing staffs. Loved walking in there and feeling at home. Dr. Adam was so funny and understanding . He took his time to make me feel comfortable during the treatment. Would definitely recommend to anybody seeking dental needs 😊

    thumb Lea Winter
    1/19/2020
  • 5 star review  I highly recommend Dr. Adam Zaher and his staff. They saw me on short notice on a Saturday night. I was very nervous about having my tooth pulled, however they went above and beyond to make me comfortable. The office is nice and extremely clean. And to top it off Andrea periodically checks up on me to make sure I am healing properly. This is definitely my new family dentist 😁😁😁

    thumb Feather Harrison
    3/06/2020

    5 star review  Everyone was really nice and understanding! I would definitely recommend this place to ANYONE! Andrea , Alma , and Zaher were all very very nice! This is definitely a 5 star place.

    thumb N.U.R
    7/31/2020

    5 star review  Dr. Adam is by far the BEST dentist!! I was so nervous to get an extraction but he was super patient and explained everything so well!! I definitely will be coming back and I’ve even referred my entire family because he’s so good!

    thumb Alondra Hernandez
    1/19/2020
  • 5 star review  These guys are great! The Doctor and Alma went above and beyond to meet all my needs! I was in and out within an hour! They made me as comfort as possible and did a great job! Thank you!

    thumb MrSkippera
    8/26/2020

    5 star review  I am terrified every time I step foot in a dentist office. I have gone to the same dentist for years. I had an emergency and needed to be seen. I called this office and they had me scheduled for the SAME day. I told Andrea how nervous I was and she calmed me over the phone. When I arrived I almost immediately went into the patient room. I told Dr. Zaher how my regular dentist does things and told him how scared I was to try someone new. He assured me I was in good hands. I trusted him. He did exactly how my normal dentist did and went above and beyond with my treatment and care! He made me feel as comfortable as possible and I felt no pain! His staff was friendly and checked on me regularly. I would highly recommend this facility! They made me feel like welcomed and comfortable with their exceptional hospitality!

    thumb Heather Presley
    3/29/2020

    5 star review  Amazing dentist! Very attentive, and professional. Fixed a very deep cavity, and my tooth no longer hurts. I highly recommend.

    thumb Linda Camacho
    1/14/2020
  • 5 star review  Thank you all for the warm, friendly, and welcoming atmosphere during my visit. I broke a molar, and the office was able to squeeze me in. Dr. Zaher is an amazing dentist, extremely patient, easy to talk to, takes the time to know his patients. He is passionate about his job, takes his time to explain things to you thoroughly in a way that you understand, readily and happily answers all questions, and is just so knowledgeable about his profession and it shows in his work. I couldn't be more pleased with my experience — very friendly staff. Thanks to the whole staff at Long View Family and Emergency Dental care from a grateful new patient.

    thumb Jay Boylan
    1/22/2020

    5 star review  I don't like the dentist at all but with the help of Andrea everything went smother and fast dentist was amazing thank you all for such a good experience...I will be back for sure!!

    thumb Tania Sanchez
    1/15/2020

    5 star review  Finally got around to giving this review I promised. I've had more bad experiences with dentists in the past that left my with a sour taste in my mouth.. pun intended. But Dr. Adam and his amazing staff have given me the opportunity to go without the accompanying dread. Pleasant atmosphere, prompt service, personable people, and services explained in details not numbers and $$$. Thanks!!!! Told y'all I would give a good review!!! 😋

    thumb Jen Marie Fenton
    8/06/2020

What is a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder?

 

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. You will find these joints in front of each ear. These joints and the muscles surrounding it make it possible for you to open and close your mouth. It also makes chewing, speaking, and swallowing possible. When your lower jaw or mandible moves forward, backward, and side to side, it is the TMJ that makes it possible.

 

A TMJ disc lies between the ball and the socket. The function of the disc is to cushion the load and it also enables a wide opening, rotating, or gliding of the jaw. The temporomandibular joint is one of the most complex joints in your body because it can move in many directions. If there is a problem that prevents the temporomandibular joint from working properly, then it results in a TMJ disorder which is a painful kind of disorder

 

What causes TMJ disorder?

 

The real causes of TMJ disorder are still unclear to most medical professionals. A lot of factors can contribute to the tightness in the jaw muscles and the dysfunction that characterizes this condition. Here are some of the possible causes of TMJ disorder.

 

*teeth or jaw injury

*teeth or jaw misalignment

*teeth grinding (bruxism) or clenching

*poor posture

*arthritis or other inflammatory disorders of the musculoskeletal system

*excessive gum chewing

*Stress or anxiety

*orthodontic braces

*Movement of the disc between the ball and socket of the joint

*Partial or full dentures that are not the right fit

*certain habits such as biting fingernails, pens or pencils

 

What are the symptoms of TMJ disorder?

 

The main symptom of TMJ disorder is jaw pain. It may also involve pain in the face, eyes, forehead, ear, or neck. Here are other symptoms and signs of TMJ disorder

 

*jaw joint pain or tenderness

*clicking and popping of the jaw

*popping and ringing sounds in the ear

*headaches including migraines

*jaw which is stiff or sore or neck muscles

*locking of the jaw joint

*pain that feels like a toothache

*blurred vision

*muscle spasm in the jaw

*pain in your face, mouth, and cheeks

*pain at the base of the tongue

*pain, swelling, or a lump in the temple area

*difficulty chewing

*shoulder pain

*dizziness or vertigo

The cause of your TMJ disorder can determine which or how many of these symptoms you have.

 

How is TMJ disorder diagnosed?

 

Before treatment, it is important to diagnose whether the symptoms are related to TMJ disorder. The reason for this is that many other conditions exhibit the same type of symptoms. Examples of conditions with these symptoms include tooth decay, arthritis, sinus problems, or gum disease. To determine what is causing your symptoms, the dentist needs to check your medical history and conduct a physical exam.

 

Your dentist will check your jaw joints for pain or tenderness. He will listen for pops, clicks, or grating sounds when you move them. He will make sure that your jaw is working properly and that it does not lock when you open or close your mouth. Then, he will also test your bite and check problems with your facial muscles.

 

A full-face x-ray needs to be taken by your dentist so that he can view your jaws, your temporomandibular joints, and teeth so that other problems can be ruled out. He may also take a cast of your teeth to see how your bit fits together. Sometimes, he may request for a specialized x-ray like an MRI or a CT scan so that he can find out if the temporomandibular joint disc is in the proper position as your jaw moves or to show details of the joint bone.

 

In the majority of cases, the patient’s description of the symptoms together with the physical examination conducted by the dentist made on the jaw and face will provide information that is very useful for diagnosing if TMJ disorder is present or not.

 

How is TMJ disorder treated?

 

Medical treatment for TMJ disorders includes medication, dental splints, dental work, and surgery, in severe cases Although these medical treatments will not necessarily cure TMJ disorder, it can help get your relief temporarily or even long term from the pain symptoms.

 

*Medication

 

Your dentist may prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen if you need them for pain and swelling. He can also suggest a muscle relaxant so that your jaw can be relaxed if you grind or clench your teeth. Anti-anxiety medications may also be prescribed to help relieve stress. In low doses, they can also help reduce or control pain.

 

*Dental splints/occlusal splints/stabilization splints/bite guard

 

These plastic dental appliances are placed in the mouth so that it keeps the teeth in alignment and prevent tooth grinding. This is like a mouth guard that will keep your upper teeth from grinding against your lower teeth. This can help a lot inf taking the pressure off the jaw joints and muscles. This will allow the joints and muscles to relax and heal. A bite guard does not only alleviate TMJ disorder symptoms but it will also help to prevent wear on your teeth from grinding that can lead to other problems.

 

If your dentist suggests for you to use a splint, he will determine when you should wear it during the day or night. He will also determine how long you should wear your splint. Splints should not be worn for a long time since it can change your bite. You should stop using the splint if it causes or increases your pain. Contact your dentist when this happens.

 

*Dental work

 

If you have missing teeth, your dentist can replace them with crowns, bridges or braces so that the biting surface of your teeth will be balanced. This will help correct a bite problem.

 

In some cases, your dentist can adjust or reshape some of your teeth to fix an uneven bite.

 

Braces are also recommended. This can help realign your teeth and jaws so that your mouth can close in the proper position. In many cases, this can greatly help alleviate symptoms of TMJ disorder.

 

*Surgery may be necessary in severe cases of TMJ disorder.

 

If you are worried that you may have symptoms that indicate a TMJ disorder, contact your dentist as soon as possible. Contacting your dentist will help get you relief from pain and discomfort as quickly as you can. At Longview Family and Emergency Dental Care, we provide treatment for the symptoms of TMJ disorder. Visit us today and get relief from your jaw pain. You can come to our clinic any time and we are also open on weekends and holidays.

 Call Us For Inquiries

If you want to check out our procedures and other services, call us at (430) 625-7381 and schedule your appointment. We are available for all kinds of inquiries and questions. It is our pleasure to assist you at any moment.

Longview Family and Emergency Dental is the ultimate solution for all your dental needs. We also do all other kinds of dental procedures, so you can find our team whenever you need dental improvements.

With our careful selection of materials and our professional well experienced Dentists and the use of latest technology, we will provide you with the best solution according to your needs. Our procedures are highly effective and ensure complete satisfaction. If you need any kind of suggestion or a professional opinion about your future dental intervention, contact our team and tell us what you need to be done. We will be happy to assist.

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