TMJ in Pflugerville, TX

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Symptoms can range from upper body pain to ringing in the ears, and from mild to debilitating. Maybe you’ve been struggling for years to find the cause, or maybe you’ve been diagnosed with TMJ disorder, but jaw pain relief remains elusive. Where can you turn for answers and effective treatment? If you are in Pflugerville, TX or nearby communities, the answer is easy. Just come see Dr. Jordan Tucker at Elite Smiles of Pflugerville.

What Is TMJ Disorder?

TMJ is an acronym, meaning temporomandibular joint, better known as the jaw. It is a complex structure, capable of exerting tremendous pressure with an impressive range of motion. Much like a piece of ultra-sophisticated machinery, even a slight misalignment or malfunction can cause big problems. TMJ disorder, or TMJD, is notoriously difficult to diagnose and treat because there are many potential causes and it manifests a little differently in each individual.

In generations past, primary care physicians were often tasked with diagnosing and treating TMJ disorder because symptoms rarely develop within the mouth. However, the problem – and therefore the key to finding relief – is the oral structure. Increasingly, patients are turning to dentists such as Dr. Tucker who have an in-depth understanding of the oral structure and extensive experience in TMJ disorder.

 

I am someone who has had extreme dental trauma in my past. I suffered from a lingual nerve injury from a failed root canal in 2017 from a horrific dentist. I was in pain for months and couldn’t speak correctly. This has affected my life in many ways, including tmd pain daily. I had severe anxiety about even getting a cleaning, let alone a root canal. I recently went to Dr.Jordan for some pain I was experiencing in my back right molar. I had sensitivity and honestly knew in my gut the tooth needed work immediately or to be extracted. I told him I’d likely just get it pulled. He respected my choice but let me know, he would make sure I was completely comfortable during a root canal with him. I decided to take the chance on his word, and he truly delivered on this and when I came in for my root canal, I was able to watch my favorite show during the procedure and I was relaxed as he prescribed a medication to ease my severe anxiety. I am so relieved to report I had a painless experience during and easy healing after and trust him to work on my remaining teeth that need it. Thank you Elite Smiles and I also would like to shout out the hygienist who cleaned my teeth and and the front desk lovely lady named Dolly. You all played a role in helping me on my road to dental healing. Thank you so much. -Megan Lopez

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Causes and Symptoms

There is a wide range of potential causes, including bruxism, oral injury, improperly developed jaw, degenerative joint disorders, damage from surgery in the jaw area, and more. Often, it is a combination of factors, and sometimes the exact cause is never identified.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder May Include:

  • Jaw pain or soreness
  • Earaches, pain around the ear
  • Facial pain
  • Clicking sound when you move your jaw
  • Locked jaw or limited movement
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Dizziness
  • Severe headaches
  • Upper body pain
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TMJ Therapy

Every case is different, with potential treatments including bruxism appliances and orthodontic correction. Occasionally, TMJ disorder symptoms will resolve after months or years. Sometimes the right treatment will bring lasting relief. Other times, it may not be possible to cure TMJ, but it can be controlled with appropriate therapy. Dr. Tucker will perform a comprehensive examination, analyze the factors affecting your jaws, learn about your symptoms and medical history, and then devise a customized treatment plan to meet your unique needs.

If you are seeking relief from TMJ headaches and other symptoms, give us a call and schedule a consultation.

 

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