TMJ Disorder Q&A: Little Changes, Big Results

When TMJ disorder affects you, it affects your daily quality of life. You rely on your jaws to open and close your mouth, which is something you do when you talk, yawn, eat, sing, laugh, and more. So, it’s easy to see that protecting your TMJ health is essential for a life that’s easy to move through on a day-to-day basis. However, you may worry that the methods of improvement we offer aren’t going to help much (or that you’ll need some seriously major work). Fortunately, you don’t need to stress. Let’s address the details with some Qs and As so you see treatment is not as big a deal as you might think.

Questions and Answers

Question: Are you going to have to perform major surgery to improve my TMJ disorder?

Answer: In most instances, oral surgery is not necessary. The reason your TMJs are functioning poorly usually has something to do with the alignment of your top and bottom teeth or daily habits (like teeth grinding).

Question: Am I going to need orthodontics in order to end up with aligned teeth?

Answer: Not necessarily. Sometimes, this becomes essential. However, in many cases, you simply require bite equilibrium, in which we make slight adjustments to the balance of your smile’s pressure for improvement.

Question: How else can you help with my TMJ disorder?

Answer: In addition to mapping pressure within your smile and the use of DTR therapy to address the problems with uneven contact between teeth, we also offer TMJ Botox treatment for immediate pain and tension relief.

See Us Soon For TMJ Disorder Solutions

We offer a variety of methods and approaches for relieving TMJ discomfort, while addressing the cause of your TMJ function and damage concerns. We invite you to schedule an appointment with your Katy, TX dentist at Lathrop Dental Center by calling 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.

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Ready to fall in love with your smile, but not sure where to start? Send us a photo or a question of your smile, and Dr. Lathrop will respond!