Discover TMJ Disorder
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a small connective joint between your skull and jawbone on each side of your head that works as a hinge to help your mouth open or close. When you feel pain in your jaw, head, ears, or muscles that control your jaw’s movement, it can be a sign of a TMJ disorder (TMD).
In many cases, it’s hard to determine the sole root of your TMJ disorder and the cause of it could actually be a combination of factors. Some sufferers of TMD may be at a higher risk because of genetics, arthritis, or jaw injury, but others who clench their jaw or grind their teeth may also experience TMJ pain as well.
Indications of TMJ disorder include:
- Sore jaw
- Chronic headaches
- Cracking teeth
- Excessive wear on your teeth
- Ear pain
- Difficulty chewing
- Locking of the joint
Relief with Oral Appliances
Here at Cool Springs Laser Dentistry, Dr. Rice offers several options to help relieve your TMD and reduce the effects of teeth grinding and jaw clenching. If you have trouble with any jaw joints or bones, you do not have to tolerate the pain.
We can provide you with a customized oral splint or mouth guard that helps you live a healthier life without pain in your mouth, jaw, head, or ears. An occlusal appliance is a small, comfortable mouth guard that’s conveniently worn at night to reposition your jaw and prevent you from grinding or clenching at night.
Dr. Rice may also suggest different types of medications such as pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, or muscle relaxants, as well as physical therapy exercises to strengthen your jaw muscles.
FAQs About TMD and Bruxism
While you may think clenching and grinding are natural and your teeth are strong enough to bear it, the reality is that your jaw is a very strong joint and applies a great deal of pressure on your teeth. Grinding and clenching not only wear down the surface of your teeth but can actually cause cracking and lead to tooth loss.
Mouth guards are great for protecting your teeth during sports or other activities but when you sleep with a loose mouth guard, it can cause more trouble than it helps. We often prescribe an occlusal guard for clenching. The occlusal guard clicks onto your teeth and cushions the bite, mitigating the TMJ and wear issues.
Although there have been many advancements in treating TMJ disorder without having to perform complex surgery, some cases may not benefit from alternative methods of relief and surgery may be the best option.
Most patients notice relief shortly after they’ve begun using a TMD splint or occlusal appliance. However, each patient is different and the severity of their disorder or bruxism may determine how long their course of treatment will be.
TMJ Specialist Cool Springs TN, Brentwood | Cool Springs Laser Dentistry
Dentistry That Can Change Your Life
Dr. Rice is a TMJ Specialist in Cool Springs offering several options to help relieve your TMD and reduce the effects of teeth grinding and jaw clenching. If you have trouble with any jaw joints or bones, you do not have to tolerate the pain.
Cool Springs Laser Dentistry 1800 Mallory Ln, Brentwood, TN 37027, United States
Phone Number: (615) 649-0556
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday, 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Cool Springs is a major commercial center located primarily within the county seat of Franklin, Tennessee. The northern part of Cool Springs falls within the city limits of Brentwood, both of which are within Williamson County.
Driving Directions to Brentwood, TN from Cool Springs, TN:
Get on I-40 E in Henderson County from TN-105 E, US-45W S, TN-104 E/TN-77 E, TN-220 S and TN-104 E
1 hr 11 min (56.4 mi)
Follow I-40 E and I-840 E to Cool Springs Blvd in Franklin. Take exit 68B from I-65 N
1 hr 40 min (116 mi)
Take Mallory Ln to your destination
See why Cool Springs Laser Dentistry has the best TMJ specialist in Cool Springs.
"I would absolutely recommend Dr. Rice and her staff. I had a dreaded gum procedure today, and they made it so calming. I was stress-free once I got there and they answered ALL my questions before we started and gave me very detailed recovery instructions verbally and in writing!!” - Emily Church
“I love Elaine my hygienist!! She is the best, always does a thorough cleaning and has a great bedside manner.” - Lisa Torrens
“This was a new dentist for me. I was nervous and scared. It didn’t take but a few minutes to settle in. Elaine, the hygienist, was so gentle and I had a pleasant experience. Dr Rice was very reassuring and took all the time needed to explain everything to me. WONDERFUL DENTIST AND STAFF!!!” - Beatrice Witt
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Zip Codes near Cool Springs TN:
370201, 370202, 37203, 37024, 37027, 37064, 37065, 37067, 37068, 37069
Neighborhoods in Cool Springs TN:
Abington Ridge, Franklin / Barclay Place, Franklin / Carlisle, Franklin / Deerfield, Franklin / Echo Estate, Franklin / Franklin Green, Franklin / Garden Club, Franklin / Henley, Franklin / Ivan Creek, Franklin / Jackson Lake, Franklin