TMJ and TMD Treatment
Treatment of TMJ in Houston
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) is not just a disorder, but a group of conditions, often painful, that affect the jaw joint or Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) and the muscles that control chewing. Usually, discomfort from TMJ/TMD is occasional and temporary, often occurring in cycles. In most cases the discomfort will eventually go away whether treated or not. However, if you find that TMD is disrupting your daily activities and would like to discuss treatment, contact Royal Dental today for a complete evaluation of your TMD condition.
Symptoms of TMD may surface gradually over time and are unique to each patient. Common signs of TMD include:
- Pain when chewing, yawning or stretching your mouth or jaw joint.
- Pain in the jaw, neck or face or stiff jaw muscles.
- Lock-jaw or limited movement of the jaw joint.
- Painful clicking or popping of your jaw joint.
- Changes in the fit of your teeth, or alignment of your upper and lower jaw.
What causes TMD?
The temporomandibular joint connects the lower jaw, called the mandible, to the temporal bone at the side of the head. If you place your fingers just in front of your ears and open your mouth, you can feel the joint on each side of the head.
Because these joints are flexible, the jaw can move smoothly up and down and side to side, enabling us to talk, chew and yawn. Over time this joint and the attached muscles can become stressed, overworked or just painful to use. However, according to the American Dental Association, TMJ problems are caused by trauma.
TMD affects as many as 10 million Americans, and women are affected more often than men.
What are the different categories of TMD?
TMD falls into three main categories:
- Myofascial pain, the most common form of TMD, which is discomfort or pain in the muscles that control jaw functions and the neck and shoulder muscles.
- Internal derangement of the joint meaning a dislocated or displaced disc or injury to the condyle.
- Degenerative joint disease such as Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis in the jaw joint.
TMD is not just a disorder, but a group of conditions, often painful, that affect the jaw joint or TMJ and the muscles that control chewing.
How will Royal Dental treat my TMD?
If you feel that you might have TMD or are experiencing pain as a result of your jaw joint and movement, it is important to visit your dentist for a thorough examination and treatment plan. However, many patients who suffer from TMD will not require surgical correction of their condition. Your Royal Dental professional will assess your unique health needs and trouble areas to determine a measured approach to alleviating your symptoms. This may include, stretching exercises or physical therapy, compresses for your muscles or even prescription medication. If necessary, surgical options can be discussed during your consultation.
Schedule a consultation
If you are experiencing jaw pain, or any of the above symptoms, call Royal Dental in Houston, TX today at (713) 330-7700!