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The chronic condition known as TMJ disorder often causes a dull ache around the temples, or in front of the ears. In some of these cases the person also experiences discomfort in the temporomandibular joints when biting down or an uncomfortable clicking sensation.

TMJ disorder can be related to several factors including early onset arthritis in the temporomandibular joints, alignment issues with your oral structure or a jaw dislocation. Individuals who frequently grind their teeth while sleeping can be at increased risk of suffering from TMJ disorder.

If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with our dentist. After assessing the factors associated with your symptoms he will present you with a treatment plan.

If Dr. Chet B. Hawkins feels that your TMJ disorder discomfort is related to chronic night grinding, he might recommend sleeping with a night guard in your mouth. The simple oral appliance is made from a soft, yet durable plastic. When worn in the mouth it will cushion your teeth and reduce stress on your temporomandibular joints.

Further measures that might help ease your symptoms could include a diet with softer food choices, applying hot or cold packs as well as performing some simple facial exercises. If these measures don’t provide symptom relief within a few weeks, he might recommend more advanced treatments.

If you live in the Houston, Texas, area and you have been experiencing discomfort in your temporomandibular joints, you should call 281-488-4242 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment at Chet B. Hawkins DDS Inc.