Lima Dental
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Palmview 1337 E Palmavista Dr Suite D
Palmview, Texas 78572
McAllen 601 N. McColl Rd Ste. A
McAllen, TX
(956) 800 4501
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Temporal Mandibular Disorders

Temporo-mandibular disorders is used as a collective term to describe the dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system at the region of the Temporal mandibular joint, i.e. the point at which the jaw attaches to the skull.

Common symptoms of Temporo-mandibular disorders include:

  • Pain or fatigue when chewing
  • Being unable to open the mouth properly
  • Pain of the jaw joint
  • Popping, cracking, creaking or other sounds at the jaw joints especially when you move your mouth
  • Hypersensitive teeth
  • Abnormal wear of the teeth.
  • Ear, head and neck pain may also be related to Temporo-mandibular disorders.


Before treatment is started, it is vital to establish the existence of Temporo-mandibular disorder(s). Diagnostic protocols include physical examination, diagnostic imaging, including x-ray.

Treatment of Temporo-mandibular disorders


If the teeth and molars do not fit well together, the dentist can grind this in or try to fit it with a plastic plate (splint), so that the jaw is aligned correctly. The splint can also be used for movement restrictions. With abnormal tooth wear, a splint is worn to protect the teeth.


You will receive instructions from the physiotherapist on how to use the mouth properly and how to best relax it. Massage of the sore chewing muscles yourself and by a professional can also be recommended and instituted.

Surgical Treatment

Surgery of the jaw joints is only rarely performed and only a last resort in severe unresponsive cases. The procedure can be as basic as cleaning of the joint to more complex procedures which is determined following thorough examinations and diagnoses.

Semi precision attachments with natural teeth

Missing teeth can result in a lot of medical and social issues. No wonder many patients do all they can to replace the missing tooth/teeth and cover gaps created.

With semi-precision attachment dentistry, a removable partial denture would not only address your missing teeth problem, but it makes your dentures more attractive and comfortable since metal clasps are not used unlike in a traditional removable clasped partial denture.

Here, an attachment which is usually made of tissue compatible non-allergic material becomes the clasp and rest which also acts as the reciprocating, stabilizing, and retentive feature which secures the denture firmly in place without fear of the denture coming off especially during eating.

The selling point in semi-precision attachments with your natural teeth is that the attachments are hidden in the partial denture, making it invisible and allowing for a more cosmetic appealing result.

For a patient, the regained ability to smile, chew, and converse with confidence rest assured in their beautiful, functional, and natural-looking teeth after dealing with the nightmare missing teeth can cause is golden.

Removable Partial dentures

Removable Partial dentures

Removable partial dentures are dental prostheses that are anchored to existing healthy teeth. They restore function, aesthetics, and correct pronunciations defects, which often results when you have gaps created by missing teeth.

A removable partial denture consists of plastic teeth mounted on a metal, plastic-coated prosthesis base. They are held with clips on existing teeth in the mouth. The natural teeth do not have to be worked on; they serve only for support.

A stirrup, running across the palate or under the tongue, gives the prosthesis overall stability and distributes the chewing pressure evenly on the prosthesis base. In removable partial dentures these “prosthesis saddles” transfer the masticatory pressure to the jaw and not the teeth as observed in dental bridges.

That in mind, we ensure your denture is accurately created and adjusted to fit perfectly in your mouth to avoid discomfort and pressure sores. This is possible through due diligence when making an impression of your mouth as well as during the creation of the dentures.

Ideal if you’ve got some missing teeth in one or both dental arch, the removable partial denture would close the gap and ensure you can smile, eat, and talk with confidence again.


Are you struggling with loose dentures? Then you’ll love all that overdentures have to offer. Reliable, comfortable, and easy to use, with overdentures you no longer need to wear dental adhesives under your dentures to keep it in place.

Overdentures, unlike conventional dentures, make for a better chewing experience since they allow for powerful bites like you would with your normal teeth.

When applying your overdenture, your dentist retains your denture securely in place with hidden reinforcements which allow for a secure fit thus preventing your denture from flopping around when you eat as is often the case in traditional dentures applied to the lower dental arch.

Patients that use overdentures love that their sense of taste is retained allowing them to enjoy their meals. This is because overdentures do not have a palate in place. Instead, with the use of small-sized implants, the denture does not become bulky as well as occupy and obscure normal function of the mouth.

Are you looking for a safe and reliable solution to fix the gap created by missing teeth even when you’ve lost a considerable amount of bone structure or are on a budget? Then we’ll be glad to provide you with overdentures that will not only allow you to eat, speak, and smile without worries, but it will help prevent further bone loss and also give you a younger attractive look.

Occlusal Analysis

Do you experience any of these symptoms? Pain or clicking sound when you open, close, or move your mouth, loose teeth, teeth that wear excessively, unstable surrounding supporting tissues.

Then an occlusal analysis is in order as these signs are suggestive of an unstable bite.

The process of occlusal analysis starts by determining whether the temporomandibular joint is alright. After this, can we proceed to investigate why occlusion is unbalanced.

We employ a variety of methods to achieve our goal, which includes making casts of your teeth, which is then studied for the presence of issues. In some cases, a computerized diagnostic device like the renowned T-Scan is used to record your bite force accurately, plus capture other data like the occlusal force, timing and location.

Once a malocclusion is determined, we’ll co-create a treatment regimen with you. Treatment options may include occlusal adjustment (your teeth are reshaped), teeth repositioning, or through dental restorations such as the use of onlays and crowns. Irrespective of the method of treatment used, data from occlusal analysis helps to guide your dentist through the treatment process, providing a measurable evaluation of treatment success rather than relying on intuition or patient’s response.

Occlusal analysis works to prevent harm to your teeth, allow for proper implants, and generally improves your oral health.

Immediate Dentures

Do your teeth limit your quality of life?

Are you tired of having to keep investing in teeth that can no longer be saved, so you want it extracted?

And do you want a new start with “immediate teeth” without having to wait for months all the while without having dentures?

Then an immediate denture is the right choice for you!

Immediate dentures are placed during the same visit of teeth/tooth extraction. This way you will never be without teeth!

What are the benefits of an immediate denture?

Immediate dentures have several advantages. The most crucial benefit of course is that you are never without teeth because the dentures are used immediately after extraction. Immediate dentures are made in advance and are ready by the day of the extractions.

It is also easier to duplicate the color, shape and position of your natural teeth. When an immediate denture is placed in the same visit that your teeth are pulled, the immediate denture will also protect the wounds from inflammation and bleeding.

With an immediate denture, you can adjust your speech very quickly. You will not have to learn to speak without your teeth then change your speech later again when your dentures are ready. Additionally, immediate dentures allow you to chew better compared to when you would be without teeth.

The precisely fitting immediate denture we provide ensures the aesthetics and the function of your teeth without waiting time. So why wait to smile? Get an immediate denture when you need one immediately.

Hybrid Dentures

If due to age, illness, accident or other reasons, teeth are no longer present in a jaw, the gaps can be closed using hybrid dentures.

Hybrid dentures is a combination prosthetic in which a removable partial or total denture is anchored to existing teeth or implants. This hybrid prosthesis uses both dental implants and natural teeth as a support pillar.

Externally, a hybrid prosthesis is indistinguishable from a full denture, but offers considerable advantages in terms of anchoring in the jaw thus making talking, chewing more comfortable.

For this purpose, the dentist first creates an impression of the upper and lower jaw, which is used as a basis for the production of the prosthesis.

We provide bone-supported prostheses where the masticatory forces are transmitted to the jawbone and mucosa-supported prosthesis in which case the chewing pressure rests entirely on the gum and the mucous membrane in the mouth.

All variants of hybrid dentures offer high comfort and functionality with an excellent aesthetic appearance. Your dentist will assess your situation and then discuss the most suitable option with you before striving to exceed your expectation so you can smile!

Full Mouth Rehabilitation

 Full mouth rehabilitation is a comprehensive solution that will correct your improper bite and improve the appearance of your teeth and gums. It involves the application of cosmetic and neuromuscular dentistry, which gives you a functional, comfortable and beautiful smile.

The aspect of cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of the teeth and gums by correcting broken, chipped, discolored and irregularly arranged teeth. The treatments that are performed may include dental bleaching, dental implants and veneers.

The aspect of neuromuscular dentistry is a dental treatment approach that focuses on the correction of jaw malformations. Here, we seek to alleviate the stress on the jaw muscles and reduce painful symptoms associated with temporomandibular joint disorder.

Neuromuscular dentistry is also the process of measuring and determining the most favorable position of your jaw. After identifying the lowest possible position of your jaw, with the help of your dentist, you can appropriately adjust it using orthotics or with other dental restoration treatments.

The process of full mouth rehabilitation involves the assessment of the function of your jaw musculature, both in the stressed and relaxed posture through computer-aided scans of your jaw.

Based on the results, your dentist can then offer to reposition your jaw with orthotics or dental restorations. Once your jaw is in the right position, your pain and discomfort will be less or less. Once your jaw is set, your dentist then moves to restore your natural bite.

With full mouth rehabilitation, your oral health is fine-tuned for improved performance and enhanced beauty giving you a more attractive and pleasant look.

Dentures with Implants

Whether it is just a gap or completely missing rows of teeth – missing teeth should always be replaced!

There are several reasons for this: chewing, talking and laughing without a problem is a big part of the quality of life and can only be achieved with fixed and seamless rows of teeth.

Also, missing teeth permanently lead to an unsightly and above all, unhealthy change in the bone structure, causing the jawbone to recede, more teeth loss, and an increased sign of aging.

Our modern dentistry offers different ways to replace teeth safely and comfortably. And fixed dentures remain one of the favorites for most of our patients. With dentures with implants, your dentist will firmly anchor the tooth roots to your jawbone. Over time, the bone cells combine with the implants, thus ensuring a stable hold of the dental prosthesis.

Dentures with implants can be used to close small or large gaps created by missing tooth or teeth. And even if you have a dental arch that has no teeth, our specialist can effortlessly restore it with complete rows of teeth.

Due to the technique and the small number of implants used, sufficient stability is not only achieved, but the treatment time is short, and usually, no additional bone structure is necessary to complete the procedure.

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are utilized in cases where one or both jaws have no teeth remaining.
Typically, this form of dental prostheses is a removable acrylic used to replace missing teeth, soft tissue, and bone in an entire dental arch.

Complete dentures are easy to make and repair, plus they are reasonably cheap and provide excellent esthetics and function that most patients love and appreciate.

To help you overcome common complaints by patients such as poor denture retention and impaired taste and chewing, we can anchor some teeth in the selected arch to act as abutments thus providing increased stability to the denture.

As your dentist, providing you with complete dentures goes beyond replacing your missing teeth. We also would make you younger by ensuring your vertical space is reestablished. By reestablishing the right vertical spacing for you, any sign of sunken and aging appearance would be reduced.

We also make sure the outer surface of the prosthesis is built to complement your unique facial musculature, thereby providing you with a natural, healthy appearance.

With complete dentures, you not only sign up for a glowing smile, but you’ll also look younger and improve the quality of your life.

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