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  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
    September 7, 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
    September 11, 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
    July 31, 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 Jennifer Fenton
    August 6, 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
    January 15, 2020

    5 star review  Just in awe! The staff is absolutely outstanding caring loving! And the assistant... wish I could remember her name! She was incredible!! Went in being terrified and they made it a point to make me feel good physically and emotionally! I am so thankful to have found this place! 4 teeth extracted 2 wisdom teeth and 2 molars and he did an amazing job! Thank you Dr. Adam! 🤎

    thumb Allison Dawson
    October 16, 2020
  • 5 star review  Very wonderful dentist!

    thumb April Hardeman
    September 17, 2020

    5 star review  I hate going to the dentist but this was the best experience I have had by far. The front desk staff was pleasant. Kiera assisted on the whole way through and was great to work with along with the other staff. Dr. Adam was professional, funny and made the whole process comfortable. I had an extraction and he was done before I could even think about it lol. 10/10 would recommend. This will be my dentist going forward!

    thumb Tone Sosa
    May 23, 2020

    5 star review  I love this Dentist Office from the time I walked in to the time I left I felt comfortable and at ease. I needed some teeth pulled they both were giving me pain. Dr Adam Zaher was very friendly he walked me through the steps and made me feel very comfortable about getting my teeth pulled I was so nervous but he encouraged and let me know I was gonna do just fine and I was especially relaxed when he turned the music on. He is a great dentist and is really down to earth. Andrea she is really really sweet. We had a great conversation and she explained to me the steps on how to take care of my mouth after the extraction. I literally called her everyday after I left to ask questions again to make sure I was doing everything right and she had so much patience with me even after waking her up out her sleep at home she was there to answer me. To the new girl sorry I don't remember your name but she was so sweet to. I know you were nervous but you did great just stay encouraged everything will get better for you. I highly recommend this Dentist office the staff are just like family when you have questions or just need them to take a look or something needs to be pulled they will do it. This is a very professional and clean place to go and you will love the staff. You all know I will be back of course. My Dentist Family 5 stars isn't enough I give you all a 10 Thanks again.

    thumb April Robinson
    April 5, 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
    January 19, 2020

    5 star review  When I went in it was LATE on a Saturday day night and I was in excruciating pain. The staff was so warm and friendly and made me comfortable. The dentist even turned the air down because I said I was cold. I ended up having to have 3 teeth extracted and they took their time and moved with such care. This is by far one of the BEST experiences I have ever had with a dentist especially with the circumstances in which they saw me. They now have a new regular client in me. I will refer anyone with ears. Plus they are open weekends. AMAZING!!!!

    thumb Bethany Jones
    September 27, 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
    July 21, 2020
  • 5 star review  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

    5 star review  This place is amazing! Worked with me with everything!! Will be coming back in the future for sure and recommending to anyone and everyone. 😀

    thumb Caty Boone
    August 24, 2020

    5 star review  Alma and Dr. Adam are awesome! Super nice and did great work. Both were very comforting and professional. I will be coming back.

    thumb Bronwyn
    August 8, 2020
  • 5 star review  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

    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
    March 6, 2020

    5 star review  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
  • 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
    January 14, 2020

    5 star review  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

    5 star review  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
  • 5 star review  I had a wisdom tooth taken out the same day I called within an hour. The visit was quick and Dr. Zaher was actually really easy during the removal. I felt no pain at all and they really cared about where I could pick up my medication late in the evening. If you need dental work, I would highly recommend, especially with wisdom tooth removal.

    thumb Emily Aston
    October 4, 2021

    5 star review  Had a intense pain in tooth. I knew i needed to have a root canal done, but was waiting for the time to do it. Of course pain struck after late on a Friday! So I found this place on google search, and boy, was I glad I did. the atmosphere was great. the facility was organized and clean. Very Professional with a personal touch. Great place ... I highly recommend

    thumb StepCel (StepCel)
    October 24, 2020

    5 star review  I had a crown come out unexpectedly, and after regular business hours. They were able to see me immediately, and provided excellent and friendly care. I received very clear after care instructions, and I really appreciated that they took the time to explain everything and answer questions. I will definitely be back!

    thumb Kelsey Nowlin
    October 31, 2020
  • 5 star review  I originally found them on Google. I needed to get my wisdom teeth removed and a cavity filled. They took such great care of me. The doctor was super informative and addressed all of my concerns. They made me feel comfortable and the procedures didn't take much time at all. So glad that I found them; I couldn't have asked for a more attentive doctor. Now all there's left for me to do is heal and I'm so grateful that they'll be available to me if I need anything.

    thumb Adrian B
    February 24, 2022

    5 star review  I had some extreme tooth pain going on and was scared to death of seeing a dentist because of past history with seeing one... Dr. Adam was so freaking awesome in explaining everything and helping me keep as calm as possible and made sure I felt little to no pain at all during my 3 extractions yesterday! His staff was absolutely amazing as well and very very understanding honestly they treated us like family and I for sure will be going back and also taking my kids!!!! Dr. Adam is for sure my hero right now I legit have no pain today what so ever and im very Thankful to not be worried about tooth aches later on!!!! Thank you Dr. Adam and all of your staff for helping me!!!!!

    thumb Kristina Kelly
    January 26, 2022

    5 star review  I woke up Sunday with extreme pain from my wisdom teeth and my gums! I was going to wait till Monday to go to a dentist because I was sure every dentist was going to be closed, but I was wrong. I was so happy when I saw that this office was open! I called to make an appointment and right away they got me in. Kierra the front desk receptionist was so sweet and helped me with all my questions, she was super friendly and outgoing! Overall, the whole staff made me feel welcome! One of the best dentist offices I’ve gone to! He took out my wisdom teeth, fillings, and did a cleaning all super quick and no pain whatsoever! Thank you for making me feel welcome!

    thumb Rejina Aguilar
    June 29, 2020
  • 5 star review  Dr. Adam is extremely accurate, definitely a professional. The best dental care I have ever experienced. I would recommend this dentistry to anyone.So grateful I found this dentist and in a great location. I’d highly recommend bringing your whole family.

    thumb Rasha Alzubaidi
    January 16, 2020

    5 star review  Fast and professional. Clean office. Great hours. Attentive staff. Immediate service for a decent price. Had a painless wisdom tooth extraction done the same day calling in. Dr. Adam made it seem easy while being very patient with my edginess during procedure. Truly skilled and kind guy. Felt like I was in the hands of an expert. Best place in East Texas to hit up for a dental emergency. They will help you asap.

    thumb Lisa
    October 18, 2020

    5 star review  The staff was extremely helpful. Dentist stayed until almost 10pm to help me out. I then had a molar pulled and was extremely nervous, but he made me comfortable and I didn’t feel a thing! I would highly recommend!!

    thumb Niki Foster
    March 23, 2021

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 (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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