TMJ Treatment—Katy, TX

Find Relief from Persistent Jaw Pain

Millions of people suffer from TMD, a disorder of the jaw joint (the TMJ) that can cause persistent pain and a range of other symptoms. If you have this bothersome condition, we invite you to visit our practice for a consultation. We will evaluate your jaw health and recommend your next steps. Hopefully, we will be able to provide TMJ treatment in Katy that provides significant, long-lasting relief!

Why Chooses Piney Point Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Katy/Cypress for TMJ Treatment?

  • Board-Certified Oral Surgeons
  • Multiple Treatment Types Available
  • Friendly & Caring Team

What Is TMJ Disorder?

Illustrated diagram explaining the TMJ and TMJ disorder

TMJ disorder, also known as TMJ dysfunction or simply TMD, is any of a number of problems that affect the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which connects the lower jaw to the rest of the skull. It can also afflict the muscles and connective tissues around the TMJ.

TMD can have a number of different causes, including stress, chronic teeth grinding, poor posture, dental misalignment, and more. In some cases, the cause remains unknown. TMD is most likely to affect women of childbearing age, but it can also afflict men, children, and seniors.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

Woman touching her face, suffering from symptoms of TMD

TMD can produce dozens of symptoms, the most common of which is pain and tenderness in the jaw. Difficulty chewing, the sensation of lockjaw, and popping and clicking in the jaw are also common.

The signs and symptoms of TMD can extend beyond the jaw as well. Other indications of this condition include:

  • Earaches and tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Neckaches and backaches
  • Frequent headaches and migraines
  • Pain behind the eyes

Types of TMJ Treatment

Medical professional holding sign that says, “TMJ Disorder”

There is no “one size fits all” TMD treatment. When you visit us or your dentist in Katy for a consultation, we will examine your teeth and mouth to strive to determine the cause of your discomfort. We may also use imaging equipment to get a closer look at your TMJ. Once we understand your condition to the fullest extent possible, we will be able to recommend your next steps. In addition to giving tips for at-home care, we may also recommend that you use professional therapy, which might include one of the following:

Occlusal Splint

Smiling woman holding occlusal splint for TMD treatment

An occlusal splint is a small oral appliance that resembles a mouthguard. Its purpose is to place a barrier between the upper and lower teeth in order to prevent bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching) during sleep. In addition to relieving TMD pain, an occlusal splint has the potential to protect your teeth from premature wear and tear.

BOTOX® Injections

Woman receiving BOTOX® injection near her TMJ

BOTOX® is often regarded as a purely cosmetic treatment, but it also has medical applications. By strategically injecting it into the muscles around the TMJ, we can limit their movement and help them to relax. This, in turn, can take pressure off the TMJ and provide relief from a slew of TMD symptoms.