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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  • Dr. Adam and the staff makes me feel right at home immediately when I walk in the door. Everything was on time and it was an extremely professionally run office. Dr. Adam was very nice and informative. He provided excellent service and I couldn’t be happier with the results.This is a fantastic experience and a great place to go take care of your teeth and I would highly recommend to anyone!!

    thumb Harold James
    December 18, 2020

    The best place to go if you need dental work done! I got one of my wisdom teeth extracted it took him 5 seconds to pull it out. Quick and painless! And the woman at the desk was extremely nice and very helpfull! Thank you guys so much!

    thumb Leea Usery
    March 16, 2021

    Dr. Adam and his staff are amazing. He always takes his time to explain all available options not just the most expensive. His staff is always friendly, and his prices are very reasonable No matter how many questions I ask. Emily is amazing!

    thumb Terrye Nix
    March 31, 2021
  • I had a toothache in a tooth that was part of a bridge. As the day went on Saturday the pain got worse. I called the emergency office and spoke to Anna. She said come right in. After X-ray , Dr Adam showed me the infection and the root canal that was not good. He discussed everything he was going to do. He knew I was stressed so he gave me several breaks to get myself a rest. It was a removal that was ,to me, a little tricky. Dr Adam did a great job. I will go back again to implants. I have confidence that all will go fine. The experience was a good one. Anna caked to check on me today. That shows that they care about their patients. Thank you both for making me feel at ease!!!

    thumb Day Walk
    May 3, 2021

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

    thumb Linda Camacho
    January 14, 2020

    Absolutely love this dentist! I took my boyfriend in for tooth pain and Dr Adam was amazing talking him through his tooth extraction making him laugh and did it quickly because he knew he was scared! He was so nice we didn’t have insurance and he gave us a discount on the procedure and the medicine! Definitely recommend him and his crew!

    thumb Amayah Davis
    March 2, 2022
  • Had the best experience at this dentist office! Went in for a cleaning and knowing I needed some dental work done. Same day I was able to get some fillings and then I made an appointment to extract my wisdom teeth. The dentist and his staff made sure I was comfortable and could feel no pain. Great follow up care and take home instructions! Definitely would recommend this place!

    thumb Kristen Meyer
    September 17, 2022

    Everyone took great care of me, the office was clean, and they were all very supportive especially since i was nervous about getting my wisdom tooth removed. Overall great experience!

    thumb Kaycee Langford
    September 6, 2020

    My experience has been the best ever!!!!!! So professional and so patient. The entire staff treats you with honesty and kindness. Dr. Zaher even played me a little Sam Smith to calm my nerves😊. They guided me through my journey with nothing with my best interest at ❤❤ This year is new journey for me and I'm going into it with a great new smile on my face😁😁😁😁😁.

    thumb Rosalyn Hopkins
    February 14, 2021
  • Dr. Adam Zaher not only removed my wife’s wisdom tooth painlessly, but he came in on his own, literally by himself, to perform paper work xrays I mean everything. The whole procedure didn’t last any longer than two hours, and he was so polite and professional! The hours are incredibly convenient. Also he chose The Legend of Korra to play for our son on Netflix. 10/10

    thumb Elijah Murray
    September 3, 2020

    I have had a few bad dental experiences and was extremely anxious to have to find a dentist in an urgent situation with a broken tooth on Friday evening. I was so relieved by the professionalism and efficiency of the staff. Throughout the entire visit, they were very reassuring, patient, and helpful. Dr Zaher is my new dentist now, no question! He did a fantastic job, everything went so smoothly and it actually seemed to go by quickly. He made the procedure as comfortable as possible and communicated with me the entire time. He has great personality that helped me relax a lot. His confidence, experience, knowledge, and thoughtfulness were very much appreciated. It was a busy Friday evening and when he was in the room with me he was focused on me and my procedure. If you need a new dentist, or need appointments later in the day (or Saturdays), go see him!

    thumb Stephanie
    November 21, 2020

    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
    January 15, 2020
  • Walked in nervous left thankful and satisfied with my experience. Been to a few others in Longview this is my favorite and would highly recommend. Quick and everyone was friendly. Looking forward to my next appt. Thank y’all so much!!

    thumb Cherlonda Bonner
    May 26, 2022

    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
    August 30, 2020

    Very helpful and professional. I was extremely satisfied with how I was accepted the same day and took care of while I was there! I would highly recommend this dentist to anyone needing an appointment on short notice.

    thumb Pixel Hero X
    February 3, 2022
  • 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
    March 6, 2020

    This is an awesome dentist. I took my wife there for some major dental work. The dentist is very professional and has an excellent staff. This cost me a lot of money, but was worth the finished product.

    thumb Gary Templeton
    November 5, 2021

    So glad these folks were there when I needed them. Quality work. Quality people. I am nervous about dental work, but they put me at ease. I highly recommend them.

    thumb Carolyn Wilson
    September 25, 2021
  • 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
    January 19, 2020

    You know you are in good hands!! Always amazing service, very quality of customer service and fantastic results. From the first day I visited this office I’ve felt as though I’ve been cared for and treated like family and my teeth have been in perfect condition since visiting this clinic. Conveniently open for late hours and during the weekend. I would highly recommend!!

    thumb Sandy Miller
    December 19, 2020

    Fantastic experience. He is so nice and his staff is outstanding. Extracted a broken tooth for me with literally no pain. Highly recommend

    thumb Destiny Kelley
    September 5, 2021
  • I made a last minute appointment on a Saturday for a very painful wisdom tooth. They got me in fast and all of the staff was wonderful. I was in an out in two hours and I didn't feel a thing! Will definitely continue to come here!

    thumb Courtnie Edgar
    January 29, 2022

    The best dentist office I’ve gone to! I had a tooth emergency on a Sunday and they were able to get me in same day and right away! Their hours are awesome and truly cater to patients with their late hours and being open on weekends. Dr. Adam Zaher and his assistant were all around exceptional; very informative on care, pricing, and answering any questions I had. It was very reassuring to see how caring everyone is! His assistant even asked if I wanted a beverage, which I did. Lol. She was very professional, friendly, and easy to talk to. I've never felt more comfortable in a dentist offices atmosphere than this place! I recommend this place so much, my whole family has even made appointments!

    thumb Mercuri Flores
    October 1, 2020

    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 Luz Dominquez
    September 7, 2020
  • I had a sever toothache on a Saturday I called and they saw me at 8:45 pm. Really great guy. He was able to pull my tooth and get me out of pain. I have already recommended him to people I know. Thanks so much for taking good care of me.

    thumb Mary Ann High
    August 30, 2020

    My husband and I recently visited their office. My husband had a severe tooth ache and found their after-hours office near our home. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable and professional. The day we arrived for his procedure they made us feel like family. My husband felt little discomfort and NO PAIN during the extraction! Alma was so sweet and thourogh. We would recommend this team to anyone who needs work done! Thank you all 🙏🏽 The Johnson's

    thumb Christi Natasha
    June 6, 2020

    Extremely friendly and understanding. I was in an unbearable amount of pain and they were very accepting to helping me in my time of need! I’m not in the best financial situation as well, and they made sure I got the work done I absolutely needed and were willing to work with me! I had no problem with scheduling my appointment that day with hardly any notice, finding the office (with hardly any wait once I got there,) them listening and examining to pin point the problem, getting the right pain meds, or getting back in touch after my visit. By far one of the best places to go to. The dental assistant needs a raise! She held my hand when I was in pain and talked me through everything as well as the Doctor himself. I got two molars and one wisdom out at the same time & my healing process has been one of the best by far for any dental work I’ve gotten done. Definitely recommend!!!

    thumb Sinjun Perry
    March 17, 2020
  • Awesome treatment, helped when I was in pain. Even on a weekend.

    thumb Cassie Weiss
    September 3, 2020

    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
    July 21, 2020

    My decision last summer, July, 2021 to call Longview Dental and Emergency Clinic was based on an emergency the day before leaving on an extended vacation. I was overwhelmed at Dr. Adam Zaher’s willingness to work me in immediately and stay into the night to ensure that my teeth were fixed. I found his office staff to be extremely kind, concerned and caring. I appreciate Dr. Adam’s honest assessments and the detailed way he provides options. He spends time to answer any and all questions and concerns. He is such a good dentist and so flexible in his office hours. He proved his willingness again this week - Feb, 2022 when I needed to see a dentist. So glad to have someone as compassionate as Dr. Adam and his wonderful staff. Katina Green

    thumb Katina Green
    February 26, 2022

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.

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If you want to check out our procedures and other services, call us at (903) 759-2221 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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