in Cedar Park, TX
TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, occurs when patients subconsciously clench and grind their teeth and put pressure on the two joints that connect the jaw to the skull. It can also be referred to as TMJ, and patients who struggle with this disorder often live with jaw pain and soreness, daily headaches, and difficulty chewing tough foods or opening their mouths all the way. If any of these symptoms ring true for you, our team would love to help. Schedule a consultation with our office today!Contact Us
What are the symptoms of TMJ?
You may have TMJ if you experience any of the following symptoms on a regular or semi-regular basis:
- Jaw Pain or Stiffness
- Face, Neck, or Ear Pain
- Clicking or Popping Jaw
- Frequent Headaches
- Difficulty Chewing or Opening Mouth
Can TMJ go away on its own?
TMD may only occur during times of heightened stress or anxiety. In other cases, it may be a chronic condition that affects the patient’s day-to-day life. Whether you experience TMJ symptoms once in a while or regularly, it’s a good idea to seek treatment. Regularly clenching and grinding your teeth can have serious consequences, as the teeth can incur a great amount of damage, your gums may start receding, and the jawbone or temporomandibular joint itself may become damaged. In serious cases, surgery can even be required.
How is TMJ treated?
There are a few treatment options for TMJ that are relatively simple and non-invasive. Practicing jaw exercises, for example, can help to relax the muscles and relieve built-up tension. Taking muscle relaxers and reducing stress as much as possible can help as well. Our office creates special custom nightguards that can make a world of difference for patients with TMD. After impressions of the teeth are taken, we can design a durable mouthguard for you that will protect your teeth and prevent excess pressure from being placed on your temporomandibular joints every night. To learn more or schedule a consultation, please contact us!Contact Us