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TMJ/TMD Treatment

No matter the cause of jaw issues, patients deserve relief from jaw pain, popping, and locking. At Local Dental San Antonio, Dr. Joung Lee and Dr. Minkyung Lee offer TMJ treatment for those suffering as part of our general dentistry services.

What is TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a sliding, hinge-like joint that connects the jawbone to the skull. When patients feel pain, clicking, or locking in these joints, medical professionals categorize this condition as temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD).

Is TMJ treatment necessary?

TMD affects everyone differently. For some, temporomandibular joint dysfunction resolves on its own. For others, TMD worsens when ignored. So, if you notice jaw soreness or popping, we strongly suggest listening to a professional opinion based on your alignment and needs.

Just like the individuals with the condition, the most suitable way to manage symptoms of TMJ disorder is unique. While a good place to start is non-invasive TMJ exercise, more extensive measures might be needed.

At Local Dental, we offer two proven primary temporomandibular joint dysfunction therapies designed to alleviate TMJ pain and symptoms:

TMJ Mouth Guard

TMJ mouthguards are mouthpieces that fit over the upper or lower teeth. When worn, mouth guards correct the bite by placing your jaw in a more favorable position.

Also, mouthguards are effective bruxism treatment (habitual teeth grinding) by providing an additional cushion between the upper and lower teeth. In many cases, uncorrected bruxism leads to TMD.

Generally, we offer splints and night guards– which are similar in most ways except when they are worn. Night guards are worn at night, and splints are typically worn during the day.

BOTOX®

While BOTOX is famously used for cosmetic purposes, some dentists enjoy this treatment for therapeutic purposes.

BOTOX relaxes facial muscles, reduces muscle mass, and diminishes inflammation, which is often precisely what those suffering from TMD need!

When intentionally injected into tightly wound jaw muscles, teeth grinding, jaw clenching, and TMJ pain can cease for months.

 

Treatment Expectations TMJ

For new patients, we strongly suggest filling out new patient forms and insurance information for a more efficient first visit. Furthermore,  we’ve outlined what to expect before, during, and after each TMJ treatment:

Before

[LC1] First, our Local Dental team inspects the teeth and gums for signs of bruxism and the jaw for temporomandibular joint dysfunction

During

Typically, Local Dental can fit teeth grinding guards in as little as two appointments. One to take personalized impressions and the other to ensure a perfect fit.

After

Although dental night guards are made from durable material, they are not invincible. While the average lifespan of a night guard is five years, we suggest replacement upon wear, tear, and awkward fit.

Treatment Expectations BOTOX

Before

[LC1] First, our Local Dental team inspects the teeth and gums for signs of bruxism and the jaw for temporomandibular joint dysfunction

During

Usually, a BOTOX session lasts 15 to 20 minutes from start to finish after the first consultation. Our team will take the time to inject the targeted treatment directly into the muscle. This might feel like a little pinch or sting but does not require anesthesia.

After

On average, BOTOX can take two to four days to settle. Also, the maximum results of the treatment window are typically 10 and 14 days after treatment. BOTOX requires maintenance and typically lasts for three months. Drs. Joung and Minkyoung Lee work with patients to devise maintenance schedules that fit individualized needs. (Fun fact! We offer extended hours and are open on Saturdays for those with jam-packed schedules.)
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Drs. Joung and Minkyoung Lee can help you regain control of your comfort and jaw health. Schedule a consultation for TMJ treatment through our online booking or conveniently call (210) 686-1486. The San Antonio community can trust the Local Dental team to keep individuals and families healthy, happy, and feeling at home.