Understanding TMJ/TMD and Non-invasive Treatment with Oral Appliance Therapy


TMJ Houston, TXThe team of Royal Dental assists patients with a variety of dental concerns that may be affecting their overall quality of life, including conditions such as TMJ/TMD.

What is TMJ/TMD?

TMJ/TMD is short for temporomandibular joint and temporomandibular joint disorder. This is the joint in the face that hinges the jaw. It allows you to open and close your mouth, and also to eat and speak. Unfortunately, some patients deal with a malfunction in this joint and can experience a number of different problems. This may include:

• Locking of the jaw in the open or closed position

• Pain and discomfort in the jaw joint and surrounding muscles

• Pain radiating down the neck and shoulders and up to the ears

• Chronic soreness of the jaw joint

• Clicking and popping of the joint when eating or speaking

When these problems become continual, it may be diagnosed as TMD, a chronic problem that may require treatment.

How is TMJ/TMD treated?

For some patients with severe TMD, jaw surgery may be necessary and unavoidable. However, many patients are able to address their condition with something as simple as a specialized mouth guard. Oral appliance therapy is a popular method of addressing problems with the TMJ and is non-invasive and affordable. Oral appliance therapy is achieved when patients come into Royal Dental to have a series of impressions done, which are used to create custom oral appliances that are made to fit into the mouth and reduce problems associated with TMJ/TMD. In many cases, these oral appliances can also help with coexisting problems such as bruxism, which causes clenching and grinding of the teeth. Our dentists can assess a patient, provide a proper diagnosis, and then work with individuals to decide if oral appliance therapy would be beneficial in achieving a healthier smile free from pain and discomfort.

Ready to discuss treatment for TMJ/TMD?

Call Royal Dental today in the Houston, TX community at (713) 330-7700 to schedule a visit at any of our eight convenient locations. We offer solutions for patients in the cities and surrounding communities of Houston, Sugar Land, Humble, Pearland, and Baytown.

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