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TMJ Therapy in Northeast Dallas

Relieving Jaw Pain & Teeth Grinding

man holding jaw in painDid you know that there are small, triangular-shaped joints located right in front of your ears? If you place your fingertips on your jaw as you open and close it, you can feel small joints moving under the skin. Those are your TMJ (temporomandibular) joints, and they have the responsibility of joining your lower jaw and skull, allowing you to chew, speak, and perform other essential actions with ease. However, the presence of stress or an improper bite can send this whole system into disarray, leading to severe jaw/facial pain and other chronic symptoms.

Here in Dallas, your leading female dentist Dr. Mariya Barnett can help you regain the quality of life you deserve with focused, effective TMJ therapy. Our practice is open to patients from Lakewood, TX and surrounding areas – contact us today to get started!

Do I have TMJ Disorder?

man holding cheek looking up

Common symptoms include the following:

  • Excessive pain in the jaw, face, neck, head, or shoulders
  • Discomfort that feels like an earache
  • Common, severe headaches/migraines
  • Jaw joints that constantly click and pop
  • The sensation of lockjaw and/or difficulties opening the mouth properly

How Do You Treat TMJ Disorder?

dentist pointing to skullIf you suspect that you are suffering from TMJ disorder, please let our team know during your next appointment. Dr. Barnett will carefully inspect your TMJ joints, your teeth, and your overall bite for troubling symptoms that need attention. In the case of malocclusion (a poor bite), restorative adjustments may be recommended to alter certain teeth and create a more harmonious resting position for your rows of teeth, which can alleviate TMJ pain.

Alternatively, a customized oral appliance/splint can cushion the jaw and help prevent bruxism (teeth grinding), which is a common cause of TMJ disorder. In many cases, the diligent use of an appliance can help patients create lasting improvements and greatly reduce chronic discomfort.