Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which attaches your lower jaw to your skull, is one of the most complex in your body. The ball-in-socket design is how you’re able to move your lower jaw in virtually any direction and comfortably bite and chew foods, talk, yawn, and live your life freely. If this joint is dislocated or damaged, it can lead to chronic jaw and joint pain, headaches, teeth grinding and clenching, sore facial muscles, popping and clicking during movement, and even joint immobility and lock jaw.
If you are suffering from complex TMD problems due to injury, osteoarthritis, immobility, tumor, or developmental deformity, we can help you find truly lasting relief with personalized TMJ treatment in Shreveport, Bossier City, and Natchitoches, LA. Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons at ArkLaTex Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery have the specialized medical, dental, and surgical training to help you find relief and restore your daily life. Although we will always recommend the conservative solution first, our oral surgeons and surgical team also have the experience and expertise to provide complex surgical treatment plans with predictable, lasting outcomes.
Although we are skilled in the most complex surgical solutions to TMJ disorder, depending on your case, a more conservative solution may be.
Surgery that corrects the position of the upper or lower jawbone. Treatment brings the jaw and teeth back into alignment, restoring function and occlusion.
Repairing or replacing the TM joint(s) with a custom-fitted implant to restore proper and comfortable function for everyday movements.
Exercises to help strengthen and stretch the jaw muscles to improve mobility and motion. Heat and ice therapy to help with blood circulation and pain. Massage therapy to help relieve muscle tension and discomfort.
Each oral appliance is made to protect your teeth while also helping your jaw move into a more relaxed position to keep the jaw and teeth in proper alignment.
No more waiting. Receiving TMJ treatment can be a life-changing and liberating experience. If you leave your TMJ disorder untreated, it can actually lead to additional health conditions from a loss of sleep to an unhealthy lifestyle. With treatment from our oral surgeon in Shreveport, Bossier City, and Natchitoches, LA you can regain comfortable function for everyday movements like eating dinner with a friend or laughing with family.
If you’re anxious about visiting an oral surgeon, we’ve uniquely combined advanced clinical experience, innovative technology, anesthesia services, and a friendly atmosphere to offer you a visit and experience like no other. If TMJ surgery is necessary, we’ll provide all the educational information you need to feel comfortable and walk you through what to expect every step of the way. Don’t leave debilitating problems with your TMD untreated. We encourage you to contact our experienced team right away and receive the freedom you need to live a higher quality of life!
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