Houston TMJ Dentist
- TMJ – Temporalmandibular Joint/TMD – Temporalmandibular Disorder
- Limited Opening
- Pain When Eating
- Clicking, Popping or Grinding Sounds in the Ears
- Headaches Behind the Eyes
- Loosening of the Teeth
Houston TMJ dentist John Barras is a specialist at treating pain an discomfort caused by TMJ and TMD. TMJ develops in the joint of the jaw where the top and bottom jaws come together. Since your teeth, jaw joints, head and neck muscles and head posture are all related, a problem in one area can affect the other.
The first symptoms are normally facial or jaw pain, headaches that result in pain behind your eyes, and dizziness. You may also notice a clicking sound when you open your mouth wide. Also, you may find it may be difficult to open your jaw very much without feeling as though your jaw is locking.
Other TMJ symptoms include: pain in the ears, earaches, ringing in the ears, difficulty swallowing or loosening of teeth. TMJ symptoms can affect other areas of the body as well including the neck, back and shoulder. When left untreated, TMJ can cause even more symptoms to occur. As we age, the symptoms of TMJ progress.
Dr. Barras, DDS, LVIF is a TMJ dentist. He and his team are trained in Neuromuscular Dentistry. Dr. Barras, DDS is specialized in diagnosing these problems. He will evaluate your history, do a physical examination of your head and neck area, take digital photos of the teeth, and conduct a series of non-invasive electronic tests. These tests include electronic stimulation to your muscles which will help them get to a relaxed state. Based on these results, Dr. Barras will be able to determine whether your bite is a major cause of the problem.
If you do have a problem, many times TMJ symptoms can be relieved with a bite guard, bite adjustment, or an orthotic, a device used to help balance the bite at rest and in function. It can be worn over your teeth to maintain the proper bite position. Dr. Barras will work with you to find the best treatment plan.
If you are in the Houston area and are experiencing any of the above symptoms, we urge you to call our office to schedule a free consultation with TMJ specialist Dr. John Barras at 713-993-9814.