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Quit Chronic Jaw Pain

According to the American Dental Association, more than 15% of Americans suffer from some sort of chronic facial pain such as headaches, earaches or jaw pain. Some TMD pain and discomfort is temporary but for many people it can last for years.

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Symptoms of TMD stem from problems with the jaw muscles or parts of the joint itself. Causes include grinding or clenching your teeth, tightening of facial muscles due to stress, dislocation of the disc in the joint, arthritis in the joint or injury to the jaw, head or neck.

What will my TMJ treatment be like?

The key to treating TMD is management. We use trigger-point injections to relax the muscles that surround the joint and, in most cases, relieve the pain and spasms entirely. Mouth guards may be prescribed to protect the teeth from damage and treatment to correct the placement of teeth may be necessary to restore proper placement of the joint. Patients can help manage TMD at home with low grade anti-inflammatory medications, by treating with heat or ice therapy and managing stress to avoid unnecessary joint pressure.

To check if your jaw pain is associated with TMD, Dr. de Jongh will palpate the facial muscles to check for tenderness, perform a range of motion exam to listen for locking, clicking or popping of the joints, and take a series of x-rays to check the positioning and contact of the joint.

DR. DAVID DE JONGH

Dr. David de Jongh, D.D.S. is a true American success story. A native of Santiago, Cuba he immigrated to the United States at an early age with his physician father and concert pianist mother, eventually settling in Houston, Texas. Dr. de Jongh’s parents instilled in him a strong work and personal ethic. His father, a world renowned pathologist, taught by example. With an unwillingness to compromise his standards, and a credo of always approaching any task in the best way possible, he passed his strength of character and deeply caring approach to life onto his son.

Dr. de Jongh is a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, Houston Dental Society, a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentists, and a Faculty member/Implant Director for the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. He has been honored as a 2010 Texas Monthly Top Dentist, 2009-2014 Preferred Provider for Invisalign, 2013 People’s Choice Awards and 2014 H-Magazine Top Dentists. A devoted husband and father to three daughters, Dr. de Jongh is also an avid golfer and horseman.

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Quit Chronic Jaw Pain

According to the American Dental Association, more than 15% of Americans suffer from some sort of chronic facial pain such as headaches, earaches or jaw pain. Some TMD pain and discomfort is temporary but for many people it can last for years.

Sleep Easy without Clenching

Symptoms of TMD stem from problems with the jaw muscles or parts of the joint itself. Causes include grinding or clenching your teeth, tightening of facial muscles due to stress, dislocation of the disc in the joint, arthritis in the joint or injury to the jaw, head or neck.

What will my TMJ treatment be like?

How do I know if I have TMJ?

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To check if your jaw pain is associated with TMD, Dr. de Jongh will palpate the facial muscles to check for tenderness, perform a range of motion exam to listen for locking, clicking or popping of the joints, and take a series of x-rays to check the positioning and contact of the joint.

The key to treating TMD is management. We use trigger-point injections to relax the muscles that surround the joint and, in most cases, relieve the pain and spasms entirely. Mouth guards may be prescribed to protect the teeth from damage and treatment to correct the placement of teeth may be necessary to restore proper placement of the joint. Patients can help manage TMD at home with low grade anti-inflammatory medications, by treating with heat or ice therapy and managing stress to avoid unnecessary joint pressure.

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