Family Dentistry Shavano Park, TX
Dr. Stephen Wood
DENTISTRY
13410 N.W. Military Hwy,
San Antonio, TX 78231


210-558-3133

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Our Office Hours
Mon: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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Tues: 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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Wed 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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Thurs: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
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Alternating Fridays: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

TMJ

TMJ
TMJ is an acronym for the temporomandibular joint, otherwise known as the lower jaw. You have a TMJ on each side of your head, connecting your lower jaw to your skull. These are intricate, immensely powerful, and surprisingly fragile joints. When injured, inflamed, or otherwise damaged, they can become your worst headache – quite literally. TMD (temporomandibular dysfunction) is a painful condition with a broad range of potential symptoms. Dr. Wood offers effective, conservative, non-surgical treatment with custom made TMJ appliances.
What can I do to control muscle abuse?
  • Avoid sleeping on your jaw
  • Use your appliance as directed
  • Avoid chewy foods
  • Avoid clenching your teeth
  • Avoid strenuous exercise
  • Do not open too wide
  • Limit intake of sugar and caffeine
  • Apply moist heat/massage
  • Take medications as prescribed
  • Do something enjoyable  

Our doctor will find you relief
Dr. Wood uses a customized appliance, called a splint or night guard, to absorb the biting force and provide cushioning for the jaw. It is highly effective, and extremely comfortable. If you are suffering from undiagnosed chronic pain, or pain that does not respond to treatment, visit our doctor for a TMJ evaluation.
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