The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) allow your jaw to move up, down and side to side. This complex mechanism involves bone, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and muscles that can be affected by wear, tear, deterioration and injury. TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) involves jaw joint dysfunction that can cause pain and other symptoms. As part of our general dentistry treatments, our dental experts at Smile Structure Dentistry & Braces offer TMJ & TMD treatment at our clinics in San Antonio.
Symptoms of TMJ or TMD
TMJ or TMD is a group of disorders that impact the temporomandibular joints. Any damage or irregularity in the joints can result in a disorder. The symptoms vary greatly from patient to patient, depending on the particular joint disorder. Some common symptoms experienced by those with TMJ include:
- Grinding, clicking or popping when opening/closing jaw
- Jaw or facial pain
- Headaches or earaches
- Neck pain
- Locking jaw
- Swollen jaw
- Chewing dysfunction
The cause of TMJ can also vary. Dental problems, missing teeth, teeth grinding/bruxism and misalignment are common causes of stress on the jaw joints. Injury or damage to the joints can also cause TMD. Treatments include resolving dental issues with restorative dentistry or orthodontics for some patients. For others, TMJ & TMD treatment may include wearing a customized dental nightguard to adjust the jaw while sleeping to relieve pressure on the joint.
If you suffer from TMJ disorders and want to find a solution for relief, come see our oral health experts at Smile Structure Dentistry & Braces. We offer effective TMJ & TMD treatment at our clinics in San Antonio. We accept many forms of insurance that may cover TMJ treatment and payment options to fit your budget. Contact us today to schedule a TMJ consultation and exam to explore treatment options.