TMJ Treatment—Frequently Asked Questions


TMJ treatment in houston tx | Royal Dental TMJ treatment can relieve pain and prevent further oral health problems in the future. Get the answers to frequently asked questions below:

I’ve heard the terms TMJ and TMD used interchangeably—is there a difference?

The terms TMJ and TMD are sometimes used interchangeably because they are closely related, but there is a difference between the two terms.

TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint. This is the joint that connects the lower part of the jaw (or mandible) to the other parts of your head. The TMJ allows you to move your jaw up and down and from side to side. It makes it possible to eat, talk, and yawn.

TMD stands for Temporomandibular Joint Disorders—in other words: problems with the TMJ.

What types of TMD are there?

TMD includes a group of conditions that cause problems with the TMJ. Three types of TMD include:

  • Myofascial pain—discomfort and pain in the muscles near the jaw as well as the neck and shoulder muscles.
  • Injury to the joint that is caused when the joint is dislocated or the disc is displaced.
  • Degenerative disease caused by arthritis in the jaw joint.

What causes TMD?

TMD can be caused by injuries, arthritis, stress, and overuse of the muscles in the area.

What are common signs and symptoms of TMD?

Common signs and symptoms of TMD include:

  • Clicking or popping in the jaw when you chew or talk
  • Stiff or sore jaw muscles
  • Limited movement of the jaw (lockjaw)
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Chronic jaw pain
  • Neck, back, and shoulder pain or tension
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Having misaligned teeth

How is TMD treated?

If you’ve noticed any symptoms of TMD, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist. There are a variety of treatment options available depending on your individual problem. In some cases surgery is necessary, but in many cases, TMJ problems can be treated with physical therapy, stretching exercises, orthodontic correction, prescription medication, or a compress to relieve sore muscles. If you’d like to learn more about how TMJ problems are treated, schedule an appointment at Royal Dental.

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