Many patients frequently experience jaw pain outside of the dentist’s office. It’s important to bring this up at your next dental appointment. Dr. Healther Adams has advanced post-graduate training from the SPEAR academy on the diagnosis and treatment of jaw pain, or TMJ-related disorders. She can provide patients who frequently experience jaw pain with TMJ treatment solutions individualized to their needs. Learn more about how Dr. Adams helps patients manage their jaw pain using TMJ treatment below:
Know the Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
Patients with TMJ disorders experience frequent jaw pain that is sourced back to the temporomandibular joint. This joint is essential when you are chewing or speaking. If this joint becomes injured or inflamed, you may experience a variety of other symptoms including:
- Popping or clicking of the jaw
- Pain in the jaw, face, or neck
- Reoccurring headaches
- Earaches or sensation of fullness in ears
- Numbness in the face or hands
- Excessively worn, chipped, or cracked teeth
TMJ can be caused by a number of factors, many of which cause muscle tension in the jaw which leads to associated symptoms. Additionally, patients with a history of grinding their teeth in their sleep are likely to develop TMJ disorders. The goal of your TMJ treatment will be to determine what the underlying cause of your jaw pain is and treat it accordingly.
TMJ Treatment in Rogers, AR
Your Rogers, AR dentist office offers TMJ treatment options depending on the underlying cause of your pain. Dr. Heather Adams offers traditional and innovative solutions for addressing TMJ. Often, patients with TMJ will benefit from oral appliance therapy, which involves Dr. Adams providing them with custom nightguards to be worn at night. The nightguard will hold you jaw in a healthy resting position as you sleep, and prevent you from grinding your teeth together or clenching your jaw while you sleep. She also offers Botox® therapeutic injections to relieve stress around your joints.
Dr. Adams can help you find relief from discomfort and improve oral health. For some patients, a single treatment option will correct underlying issues while others may use a combination of therapies to fully restore their smile. To learn more about what Dr. Adams can do for you and your pain, please give us a call to schedule your appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon.