Benefits of TMJ Treatment
Have you heard of a condition known as TMJ or also as TMD? If so, you may know that it is an issue that causes an array of symptoms that can range from dental pain or neck and jaw pain to teeth grinding, headaches and problems with the use of the jaw. At Authentic Smiles in Austin, TX, we treat this condition, and encourage our patients to learn a bit more about the many benefits of TMJ treatment.
The Problem of TMD
If you believe you may have TMJ or TMD, and if you think that a little jaw pain or dental tenderness every so often is unimportant, please reconsider. There are so many problems that can develop from untreated TMJ, and as your dentist in Austin, TX we encourage you to come in if you have even one or two of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty opening or closing your jaw
- Odd sounds (clicking and popping) when opening or closing your mouth
- Difficulty moving the jaw or chewing
- Pain in the ear, teeth, face, neck or shoulder
- Ear ringing
- Swelling in the jaw or face
- Bruxism or symptoms of it (teeth grinding)
If you see more than one symptom that applies to you, it is likely that you can enjoy the benefits of TMJ treatment. It begins when you pay us a visit to get diagnosed for TMD. At that time, we will do x-rays, assess the pain you have, check the condition of the jaw, and look at your teeth for any signs of wear or misalignment. Then, we can create a custom treatment plan for your tooth and jaw pain.
What Are the Benefits of TMJ Treatment?
Our goal in developing your custom plan will be to reduce any pain, but also to slowly bring your jaw and TMJ back into full function. We may determine that your condition is temporary and associated with stress or difficulty in life that is causing you to experience tension, but we might also realize that an oral device is the right approach. We may even determine that some dental work is necessary to reduce the problem, such as restorative work. Your personal plan may incorporate multiple steps.
The benefits of TMJ treatment include the alleviation of discomfort, but we also ensure that no further damage is done to the joint or the teeth. Your quality of life returns to normal as you can eat, speak and live like you did before the symptoms began.
Contact Our Dentist for TMJ Treatment in Austin
If you have additional questions about the benefits of TMJ treatment, or about any of the other treatments mentioned here, give us a call at our Austin, TX office at 512-330-9403. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly. For more information about TMJ, read our overview of TMJ blog.