Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a common and progressive condition. It can cause prolonged migraines, severe jaw pain, and it may even considerably reduce your overall quality of life. TMJ disorders require treatment and won’t be cured without professional help. You no longer have to bear the stiffness or pain of TMJ disorders. At Eaddy Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, PLLC in Austin, Texas, we offer comprehensive TMJ diagnosis and treatment options.
What Is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder?
A balanced bite requires the teeth, temporomandibular joint, and muscles to work together in coordination. When all these components are correctly aligned, your mouth functions efficiently. But if any one of the components of your bite forces the jaw into misalignment, you will experience problems with every movement of the jawbone. This can cause pain across the face and jaw joints and spread into the neck and shoulders. This condition is called a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
What Causes TMJ?
While the exact cause of TMJ is often unknown, it is more likely to be present in patients who:
- Have injured the jawbone joint, or the muscles of the neck and head
- Grind or clench their teeth
- Experience movement of the disc or soft cushion between the ball and socket of the joint
- Suffer from arthritis
- Have stress-induced jaw tightening
What Are the Symptoms of TMJ?
If you have been facing a combination of the following symptoms, you should seek TMJ therapy promptly:
- Tenderness or soreness in your face, jaw joint, neck, shoulders, or around the ear when you eat or speak
- Difficulty in opening your mouth wide
- Jaw joints that lock in the open or closed position
- Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joint
- Difficulty chewing or an improper bite
- Swelling on one side of your face
- Severe migraine and headaches
How Is TMJ Treated?
TMJ therapy can include non-dental treatments like stress management and dietary changes or an oral appliance such as a customized nightguard. The first step in your TMJ therapy will involve a complete assessment to plan the appropriate combination of treatment solutions for you. If you grind or clench your teeth at night, we might fit you with a custom-made night guard. To do this, we create plastic mouthpieces that rest firmly over the upper and lower teeth. These appliances must usually be worn at night.
Alternatively, if minor misalignments in your jawbone joint are causing the problem, a custom-fabricated splint can adjust your jaw into the correct position and reduce the strain.
People residing in Lakeway, TX can book an appointment at the practice for all their dental needs. To learn more about our TMJ treatments, visit our office, Eaddy Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, PLLC at 900 Ranch Rd 620 S C200,Lakeway, TX 78734. You can also reach us at (512) 607-9996 and schedule an appointment.