Are you living with jaw pain? Do you hear clicking or popping sounds when opening or closing your mouth? Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) problems may be to blame. The TMJ (jaw joints) enable oral function, and are the most widely used joints in the body. Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD) are a collection of problems or conditions that cause mild to debilitating symptoms. If you experience jaw pain or other symptoms, our doctors can recommend effective TMJ treatment to improve your health, wellness and comfort. For many Austin, TX, patients, the muscles surrounding the TMJ become overworked, tense or inflamed, resulting in pain or discomfort. Fewer patients experience dislocation or deterioration of the disc located within the joint, which may require a surgical form of TMJ treatment. Without TMJ treatment, you may experience further oral complications and require more complex care to improve day-to-day function.
Our doctors have years of experience in providing effective TMJ treatment to Austin, TX, community, and help to identify conditions that may result in TMD symptoms. Thought the exact cause of TMD is unknown, there are several factors common among TMD patients:
At 8118 Dental Professionals, we understand the discomfort and disruption to life TMD can cause. TMJ function is an integral part of your total health and wellness, and we offer effective TMJ treatment solutions to provide relief from symptoms. Our TMJ treatment options include:
We may recommend anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety or muscle relaxant medications, dietary changes, and hot/cold compresses in combination with TMJ treatment to help manage symptoms.
Daily exercises and stretches targeting the facial, neck and shoulder muscles supporting the jaw joint may provide relief and improve jaw function.
This simple TMJ treatment corrects uneven chewing surfaces to ensure harmony between upper and lower teeth when biting together.
A common TMJ treatment, custom-created nightguards keep the jaw in a neutral position and minimize teeth grinding for improved oral health.
Correcting tooth and bite misalignment can improve jaw function and overall comfort.
This form of TMJ treatment realigns the lower jaw for better positioning when TMD results from obstructive sleep apnea.