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TMJ Therapy - McKinney, TX

Relieve Chronic Jaw Pain & Headaches

The temporomandibular joints (also known as the TMJ) are a crucial part of your oral health and quality of life – you couldn’t eat or speak without them! Unfortunately, this part of the body (like the rest) can fall victim to strain or dysfunction over time, leading to chronic jaw pain and other unpleasant, long-term symptoms. At Marble Dental Care, Dr. Hegazin can assist patients with TMJ disorder, helping them reclaim a harmonious smile through effective therapy. Please don’t hesitate to contact us in McKinney, TX for an appointment and in-depth consultation.

Do I Have TMJ Disorder?

Woman being fitted for TMJ appliance

TMJ disorder (sometimes referred to as TMD) is a complex condition that manifests differently from person to person. There are also several potential causes, such as the presence of bruxism (teeth grinding), a misaligned bite, a severe jaw injury, or even the onset of arthritis. Dr. Hegazin will review the joints, the jaw, and your overall oral health carefully in order to provide a thorough diagnosis.

If you experience any of the following symptoms on a regular basis, please contact our office.

  • Constant pain in the jaw, mouth, head, neck, face, and/or shoulders
  • The jaw joints regularly clicking, popping, or even locking completely
  • Struggling to open and close the mouth properly or chew food without discomfort
  • Pain that feels very similar to an earache

Equilibration / Occlusal Adjustments

Model of jaw and skull bone

When the teeth don’t come together properly, this can cause excessive strain in specific areas of the mouth and subject the TMJ to real, lasting harm as well. Equilibration (also referred to as an occlusal adjustment) can correct this issue here in McKinney. The process is simple – Dr. Hegazin will carefully and conservatively reshape the surfaces of certain teeth, using restorative solutions like direct bonding when needed to create the ideal balance. By ensuring that the biting pressure is spread evenly throughout the mouth, TMJ-related pain can be left in the past.

Occlusal Splints

Model smile and occlusal splints

Occlusal splints are custom-made appliances that are designed to alter the jaw’s default position when worn. The diligent use of this device can alleviate chronic strain and help reset the jaw’s ill-fitted “programming,” improving TMJ health in the long-term. In fact, many patients achieve permanent success and can stop wearing their occlusal splint after some time has passed. Alternatively, Dr. Hegazin may recommend an oral appliance for patients with chronic bruxism, which can prevent harmful contact between the rows of teeth that can contribute to TMJ disorder.

TMJ FAQs

Woman experiencing jaw pain

Are you ready to relieve chronic jaw pain and headaches? Our team at Marble Dental Care would love to help! If you have specific questions you would like answered before moving forward with TMJ therapy, don’t hesitate to contact our office to schedule a one-on-one appointment with Dr. Hegazin. However, if you would simply like a bit more information before giving us a call, keep reading for the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Can TMJ Go Away on Its Own?

Since experts are still debating this very question, it is difficult to provide an exact answer. However, it is important to remember that even if the symptoms subside, that doesn’t mean TMJ is gone. To treat the root of the issue, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Hegazin. From there, he can conduct an exam, provide you with a diagnosis, and recommend treatment based on his years of hands-on experience. That way, you can have peace of mind knowing your symptoms won’t pop back up unexpectantly.

How Can I Relieve TMJ Pain?

While the only way to get long-lasting relief is through professional treatment, there are a few things you can do to manage your discomfort in the meantime. One popular method is relaxation techniques, which require you to slow your breathing by taking deep, regular breaths. That way, the muscles in your jaw can experience temporary relief from being hyperactive. Additionally, prevention tactics, like wearing a mouth guard, applying a cold compress to the outside of your cheek, and using stretching exercises can help stop soreness in its tracks.

What Are the Benefits of TMJ Therapy?

Perhaps the most obvious benefit of TMJ therapy is relief from pain, discomfort, and soreness related to this chronic condition. However, professional treatment from Dr. Hegazin can do more than just that! In fact, it can:

  • Reduce your risk of dental damage
  • Restore your pain-free dining experience
  • Protect your ear health
  • Improve your overall health
  • Boost your mood and quality of life

What Is the Cost of TMJ Therapy?

As you can imagine, there are a number of factors that influence the cost of treatment, such as the severity and treatment option in question. Fortunately, you can easily find out how much it will cost for your unique dental needs by scheduling an appointment with our knowledgeable team. Once you and Dr. Hegazin have discussed which approach would be best to provide you with the long-lasting relief you deserve, we will provide you with the cost breakdown!

Whether you are a new patient or a familiar face, it’s time to leave chronic jaw pain and headaches in the past. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with our dentist in McKinney, Dr. Hegazin!

Ask Dr. Hegazin Any questions? We’re ready to help.