TMD Can Literally Be A Pain In The Neck

jawpainwomansweaterDealing with consistent discomfort can wreak havoc with your daily ability to enjoy life and move comfortably through your schedule. When you suffer from jaw discomfort, for example, you might start to recognize additional symptoms that don’t necessarily add up. This is because pain or irritation does not always remain in one place. The longer you ignore your discomfort, the greater your chances of suffering from physical damage. Fortunately, there is an answer to reducing your jaw tension: TMJ treatment. This dental service offers you the preventive solution you need to regain daily comfort, while protecting your smile.

What’s Happening With TMJ Disorder

You have probably heard of TMJ disorder (TMD) and may recognize that the problem refers to your jaw. However, becoming familiar with the details will give you a clearer understanding of what is really going on. Everyone has two TMJs. These are your jaw joints located on either side of your head. They connect your lower jaw to the rest of your cranium, allowing you to open your mouth and move your jaw from side to side. Sometimes, one or both TMJs stop functioning at their best. Dentists are still a bit fuzzy on the exact reason this occurs. However, they can identify symptoms and offer effective treatment.

Your Neck And Other Affected Areas

TMD affects your jaw joints, commonly resulting in tension, discomfort, pain, tenderness, and symptoms like popping, clicking, and temporary locking when opening or closing your mouth. What you may not realize is that your jaw is supported by a wide variety of surrounding tissues and nerves. When your jaw is tired and sore, you may find your neck and shoulders feel sore, too. You may also experience ringing in your ears, earaches, and headaches.

How To Solve Your Problem
Dealing with discomfort that radiates from your jaw may feel frustrating. Fortunately, Dr. Richards offers effective, noninvasive TMJ treatment so you can quickly return to comfort. TMJ treatment will include oral appliance therapy. You will wear a comfortable mouthguard at night while you sleep, which will gently reposition your jaw or cushion your bite. This method takes pressure and stress off of your jaw joints, so you can enjoy relaxed TMJs and an improved daily quality of life.

About Your Conroe Dentist
At The Dental Centre of Conroe: John M Richards DDS, we believe in providing the latest amenities and advanced technology to ensure every patient enjoys a comfortable experience. Whether you require cosmetic dentistry for an improved smile or dental prosthetics to replace lost teeth, we can help you and your family achieve beautiful, healthy smiles that last a lifetime. To schedule an appointment, call (936) 441-4600. We proudly service residents of Conroe, Willis, Montgomery, The Woodlands, Huntsville, and surrounding communities in the greater Houston area.

Should Mouthwash Remain a Part of your Dental Care?

Mouthwash GirlThe basics of oral hygiene have stood the test of recent time. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day is the minimum recommendation. Add in an antibacterial mouthrinse, a healthy low-sugar diet, and biannual checkups and cleanings and you’re on your way to the best possible dental health you can have. Regarding mouthwash as a supplement to dental self-care, Conroe dentist, Dr. John M. Richards has some interesting facts to share.

Mouthwash Basics


A Mother’s Influence on her Child’s Dental Health

Smiling Mother and KidsMost mothers obviously play a central role in the well-being of their children. They selflessly provide love and care. When it comes to dental care, moms of children play an influential part in determining their child’s oral health for the rest of their lives. Conroe dentist, Dr. John M. Richards, reviews what is already known about this influence.

A Mother’s Many Roles

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When is the Best Time to Brush your Teeth?

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Can Molecular Manipulation Stop Severe Gum Disease?

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Gingival Inflammation


Lower Cavity Risk with a Halloween Candy Buy Back

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Understanding Full-Mouth Rehabilitation

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The Dental Hand We’re Dealt


One Dentist for the Entire Family

Smiling FamilySetting your young child up for a lifetime of regular preventive dental care will likely be the equivalent of them holding onto their healthy, natural teeth for all of their years. Kids need to feel comfortable about going to the dentist, so it’s important that you seek out a practice that dedicates itself to meeting the dental needs of children. Conroe dentist, Dr. John M. Richards, can provide comprehensive dentistry to your entire family, young and old.

An Atmosphere that Makes Kids Comfortable


How Can Dental Implants Improve your Life?

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Dental Implants


Guard yourself from Grinding your Teeth

BruxismStress plays a big part in our lives. Good stress comes in the form of anticipating positive things. Someone might be planning a wedding and feel stressed to the max from all of the details of arranging the ultimate happy occasion. Another person may have a horrible work situation with a boss who seems determined to make their lives miserable. Money, family, relationshiop – there are so many reasons to carry around stress. When you have an overwhelming amount of tension, your nervous system is out of balance and creates physical responses. Conroe dentist, Dr. John M. Richards will speak more on a major dental health issue often caused by stress: bruxism, better known as teeth grinding. (more…)