The temporomandibular joint disorder (or also known as TMJ or TMD) connect the jaw to the skull, and each joint is directly affected by the other. The bite also has a direct influence on the positioning of the joints. When compressed, the joint disk can be squeezed out of place, causing damage to the soft tissues which can lead to arthritic problems, as well as pain and dysfunction to the head, neck, and upper torso. We will discover the root cause of your TMJ disorder and create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
Symptoms of TMD
- Clicking or popping noise when opening and closing your mouth
- Lock jaw when mouth is opened or closed
- Pain when chewing, moving mouth
- Waking up with headaches, jaw pain
- Facial Swelling
- Neck Pain
Your treatment option will vary depending on what is causing your TMD. Your jaw will be physically examined, given x-rays, listened for noises and be completely evaluated by Dr. Shane Matt. It’s quite possible that your TMJ inflammation is caused from something simple like stress and will go away on its own. Relief can also be obtained from ibuprofen and a warm compress. TMD can be caused by clenching your teeth hard or grinding your teeth at night. In this case wearing an oral device at night while you sleep will help. Occasionally restorative work will need to be done to correct your bite. In more serious cases, oral surgery will be required.
If you are suffering from TMD pain, please visit Authentic Smiles in Austin, TX for diagnosis and treatment options. Schedule your consultation now at 512-330-9403 or visit our online contact page to ask any questions you might have.