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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  • review rating 5  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

    review rating 5  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

    review rating 5  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
  • review rating 5  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
    4/05/2020

    review rating 5  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 A Google User
    5/18/2020

    review rating 5  I was looking for a dentist for a second opinion on a some dental issue I was having. I called Longview Family and Emergency Dental Care. Andrea was so empathetic and she told me that they believed in treating their patients like family. She set up an appointment for me right away. Dr. Adam tried to make me feel at home from the start. I didn't want to have a panoramic done because my insurance was not going to pay for that. He told me not to worry he wouldn't charge me but he needed it for his evaluation. He also took pictures of my teeth and took a lot of time explaining medically what the issues were. He was always kind and patient. I really appreciated that he regarded me as a collaborator in my dental care. He did some excellent work on my teeth that day. I would whole heartily recommend this practice to my friends and family with no hesitation.

    thumb Victoria Pearson
    2/21/2020
  • review rating 5  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

    review rating 5  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

    review rating 5  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
  • review rating 5  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

    review rating 5  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

    review rating 5  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
  • review rating 5  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

    review rating 5  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

    review rating 5  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
  • review rating 5  My husband had an tooth emergency on a Saturday morning. They got him right in and made his pain go away. Great customer service! Great one on one with the dentist. Great place. We will definitely keep them for our family dental needs. Thank y'all so much for everything!

    thumb jennifer velez
    3/06/2020

    review rating 5  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

    review rating 5  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
    1/16/2020
  • review rating 5  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

    review rating 5  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

    review rating 5  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
  • review rating 5  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

    review rating 5  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

    review rating 5  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
  • review rating 5  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

    review rating 5  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
    6/06/2020

    review rating 5  I highly recommend this place they are the best! Dr. Adam, Alma, and Andrea were very nice, friendly, and helpful. I was really nervous when I got there but they made me feel comfortable and took very good care of me. Thank you Dr. Adam and staff.

    thumb Elisa Romero
    6/10/2020
  • review rating 5  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

    review rating 5  Very nice business . Everyone is professional and very nice. My procedure went well . And the Dentist and staff are very knowledgeable and helpful . I would definitely recommend the for all your dental needs. Thank Longview Family Dentist .

    thumb Deedra Kelley
    6/25/2020

    review rating 5  Great experience with Dr. Zaher and Andrea! My father had to have all of his remaining teeth extracted in preparation for a complete set of dentures, and Dr. Zaher was efficient and pain-free—even with a whole mouth of teeth to extract. Both he and Andrea make their patients feel comfortable and welcome during stressful procedures and are more than willing to answer any questions concerning your care. If you need a dentist in Longview, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with Dr. Zaher.

    thumb Richard Delk
    3/22/2020

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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