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TMJ Treatment

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Houston and Pearland, TX

TMJ Treatment services offered in Houston and Pearland, TX


If you have temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome, and it affects your biting and chewing abilities, it’s important to seek professional treatment immediately. At TLN Family Dental, general and cosmetic dentists Tammeka Nickleberry, DDS, Courtney Jacocks, DDS, and Esther Oluwo, DDS, provide TMJ treatment to people of all ages. To make an appointment, call the nearest office in Houston or Pearland, Texas, or book online today.

TMJ Treatment Q&A


What is TMJ treatment?

TMJ treatment uses a combination of activity modification, oral appliances, and prescription medication, to relieve the uncomfortable symptoms caused by temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. 

Your temporomandibular joints are two pieces of cartilage that connect your jawbone to your skull. They act like hinges, allowing you to bite, chew, speak, and yawn. Sometimes, the temporomandibular joints become irritated or inflamed. 

Who can benefit from TMJ treatment?

Consider TMJ treatment at TLN Family Dental if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Jaw pain or tenderness
  • Aching pain in or around your ear
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Morning headaches

As TMJ gets worse, you might also experience popping or clicking sensations when you open your mouth to bite, chew, or speak.

Who is at risk of experiencing TMJ?

Several factors may increase your risk of TMJ, including:

  • Underlying medical conditions, like arthritis
  • Suffering a jaw injury
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Connective tissue diseases

If you experience chronic jaw pain or tenderness, and it doesn’t improve with at-home treatments, like ice and rest, make an appointment at TLN Family Dental promptly.

What happens during TMJ treatment?

At TLN Family Dental, TMJ treatment begins with a review of your dental records, a discussion of your symptoms, and an oral exam. During the exam, your provider asks you to open and close your mouth, observes your jaw’s range of motion, and presses on your jaw to identify areas of swelling or tenderness.

Your provider also orders digital X-rays to get a better look at your teeth, jaw, and the soft tissues surrounding your temporomandibular joints. After gathering that information, your TLN Family Dental provider makes treatment recommendations.

What are the types of TMJ treatment?

TLN Family Dental offers various types of TMJ treatment, including:

  • Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medication
  • Oral splints
  • Mouthguards
  • Braces

If minimally invasive treatments don't provide lasting relief, your provider might recommend TMJ surgery. Your dentist uses special tools to repair or replace your damaged temporomandibular joint during TMJ surgery. 

To see if you can benefit from TMJ treatment, make an appointment at TLN Family Dental by calling the nearest office or booking online today.

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