Are you experiencing pain in your jaw joint? Do your jaws lock open or shut? Dr. Vela and Dr. Ng may treat TMJ in Corpus Christi, Texas. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to your skull. The TMJs each have a disc between the ball and socket that cushions the load of the joint. Your TMJs allow you to move your jaw so you can talk, chew, and yawn. Problems with the TMJ and the associated muscles are called TMJ disorders.
There are several treatments that our dentists may recommend to treat TMJ disorders. Muscle relaxation techniques and stress management can help patients stop clenching and grinding their teeth, which is a common cause of TMJ disorders. Biofeedback or cognitive-behavioral therapy may also be recommended. If these treatments are not sufficient, our dentist may recommend a night guard. Night guards are custom-made night guards that are worn during sleep to protect the teeth and jaws from the negative effects of teeth grinding. Because the night guard is custom made, it will offer ideal fit, comfort, and protection.
We welcome you to contact Vela Dental Centers Southside today to learn more about TMJ disorders and night guards and to schedule your next appointment with our dentists.