TMJ/TMD Therapy – Baytown, TX 

Alleviating Chronic Headaches & Jaw Pain

Has frequent jaw pain made it hard to go about your daily life? If so, there might be a problem with your TMJs (temporomandibular joints) – the tiny joints that connect your lower jaw to the base of your skull. When these joints are inflamed or irritated, it can result in pain that radiates throughout your jaw, head, neck, and shoulders. Luckily, you can find relief for TMJ disorder (TMD) by calling Baytown Gentle Dental and scheduling a consultation with Dr. Seif.

 

Why Choose Baytown Gentle Dental for TMJ/TMD Therapy?

  • Caring Dentist with 15+ Years of Experience
  • Homey Dental Office with State-of-the-Art Technology
  • Same-Day Emergency Dental Appointments

 

Diagnosis & Treatment

The TMJs are delicate, and they can develop problems for a variety of reasons. Chronic teeth grinding (bruxism), a misaligned bite, an injury, or arthritis can all contribute to TMD. If you experience chronic jaw pain, headaches/migraines, lockjaw, or popping or clicking noises when opening or closing your mouth, you might have the condition. Dr. Seif can examine your jaw and take digital images to identify the cause of the issue, and from there, he can come up with a personalized treatment plan.

 

Equilibration / Occlusal Adjustments

When uneven teeth or dental restorations prevent the TMJs from resting in their natural positions, the jaw muscles are placed under considerable strain that can lead to serious pain. To bring balance to the jaw as a whole and relieve this stress, Dr. Seif can perform occlusal adjustments, also known as equilibration. Essentially, this means either building up damaged teeth with crowns or shaving down other teeth or restorations to help your jaws come together evenly.

 

Occlusal Splints

An occlusal splint is a mouthguard-like appliance that can relieve TMD symptoms over time. When worn to bed, it gently readjusts your jaw so that it rests in a more comfortable position, taking much of the strain off of your TMJs. Better yet, the splint can typically bring long-term or even permanent relief of your TMD symptoms after diligently wearing it to bed every night for a few weeks or months.