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  Dr. Adam is very thorough in explaining the procedure and costs. The prices are very reasonable, I just had my 4 wisdom teeth removed and I am healing great.

    thumb A Google User
    9/10/2020

    5 star review  I couldn't be more pleased with my experience. Dr. Adam and his staff are devoted to your care and comfort. Their modern up-to-date equipment and extended hours of service go above and beyond others in their field. I highly recommend them!

    thumb Charles McDonald
    10/16/2020

    5 star review  Usually, I’m quite anxious and stressed about even calling the dentist, but this place is amazing! I felt absolutely no pain and the procedures that I had were extremely quick. They explain everything in detail about your personalized dental plan and costs. The staff is personable and friendly and the Dr. puts your care and comfort first, plus he has a cool sense of humor. I am happy that I was referred to Longview Family and Emergency Dental!

    thumb Shanya Kennison
    11/27/2020
  • 5 star review  Dr. Adam is very thorough in explaining the procedure and costs. The prices are very reasonable, I just had my 4 wisdom teeth removed and I am healing great.

    thumb Angelica Castillo
    9/10/2020

    5 star review  I was extremely nervous about having one of my wisdom teeth removed, but he made me laugh and got my mind off of it. Super friendly staff!! Also love that they are open late and on weekends, that way I don't have to miss work when me or my family has an appointment. Very highly recommend!!! If I can work up the courage to get the other wisdom teeth removed, he will definitely be the one to do it!! 😄

    thumb Jennifer Duncan
    2/01/2020

    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  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 A Google User
    9/06/2020

    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
    8/24/2020

    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  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
    3/17/2020

    5 star review  I found myself visiting family, far from home, and in terrible pain from a stubborn toothache. I was able to be seen on a Saturday late afternoon and had a wonderful experience... even with needing a root canal and a crown. Dr was extremely helpful, gentle, and ensured a pain free service. I’m grateful for the speedy relief and excellent customer service. Highly recommend.

    thumb Lindsey Fischer
    9/26/2020

    5 star review  I am terrified of the dentist. Dr.Adam made me feel comfortable and took care of the pain right away. He was great and he has a wonderful staff! I would highly recommend him to any one looking for a dentist.

    thumb Kori Staub
    9/04/2020
  • 5 star review  Had a wisdom tooth removed with no problem. Office is clean and staff is super friendly. Prices are great and they offer payment plans. Definitely recommended

    thumb Jose correa
    8/03/2020

    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
    6/29/2020

    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
    5/23/2020
  • 5 star review  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
    9/06/2020

    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

    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  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
    11/21/2020

    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  Had to go in on a Sunday. Very friendly staff. The best dentist ever 😁. I am so happy with the experience, I would recommend him to everyone. A very nice guy.

    thumb Tim Lang
    9/20/2020
  • 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  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
    10/18/2020

    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  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  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
    10/01/2020

    5 star review  Greeted energetically by receptionist as you walk in. Dr. Zaher and staff explain everything in a way that's easy to understand. All procedures are discussed with multiple options so you can decide what you are comfortable with having done. Will definitely be going back for any work I need done.

    thumb Patricia Garza
    8/08/2020
  • 5 star review  Very wonderful dentist!

    thumb April Hardeman
    9/17/2020

    5 star review  So, I'm a single mother who works business hours and it's nearly impossible for me to get an appointment anywhere for my daughter without taking off work. I finally found this office and they are open SUCH unexpected and convenient hours. I was able to get an appointment for my daughter and not miss work. They were kind and helpful with my daughter, who is not a fan of doctors in general. She left skipping out of the office and that NEVER happens. These people are great! These people have my business in the future, that's for sure.

    thumb Chelsea Alexandra
    10/17/2020

    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
    9/27/2020

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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