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Relieve Chronic Jaw Pain at Last with TMJ Therapy

Man in dental chair holding cheekYour TMJ (otherwise known as temporomandibular joints) may be small parts of your body, but they have a very important function – connecting your jawbone to the skull and facilitating essential actions like chewing and speaking. Unfortunately, a variety of causes and conditions can negatively affect this sensitive area and lead to chronic symptoms like pain, excessive tenderness, and more. If you suspect that you may be a victim of TMJ disorder, please contact Legacy Dental SA here in Castle Hills Forest. Dr. Eck, Dr. Sage, and the rest of our team want to help you escape the constant discomfort and reclaim the quality of life you deserve!

Diagnosis & Treatment

Dentist looking at dental x-rays and patient chart

So how do you know if you’re a victim of TMJ disorder? Here are some common symptoms:

  • Constant pain or sensitivity in the jawbone, face, neck, or shoulders
  • Regular headaches or an aching sensation that feels like an earache
  • A jaw that constantly pops and locks
  • Difficulty opening and closing your mouth properly and/or chewing food

If any of these sound familiar to you, please visit our San Antonio practice for a consultation. Our doctors will carefully inspect your bite and jaw for tell-tale signs of dysfunction. One potential solution to TMJ disorder is an occlusal adjustment, which involves altering certain teeth in order to create a more balanced and harmonious bite. A misaligned bite is one of the major causes of TMJ disorder, as this can cause undue pressure on the joints over time.

Occlusal Splints

Hand holding an occlusal splint

Another popular treatment option is a customized occlusal splint. These mouthpieces are designed to not only prevent bruxism (one of the common causes of TMJ disorder) but also support the facial muscles and encourage the jaw to move back into its ideal position over time through constant use. Depending on the severity of their condition, patients may need to wear their occlusal splint 24 hours a day or only at night. Our goal is to create steady, noticeable improvements for our patients that will endure. You deserve relief!