TMJ & TMD
At B.J. Myers DDS & Associates, we understand how big a difference a tiny change in your mouth can make. Sometimes, for no obvious reason, your teeth will stop fitting together well, and you will start to have issues with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Issues with the TMJ will often lead to what is known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), which can be an extremely painful and frustrating condition to have. We understand how frustrating it can be to deal with issues like these, as they often affect your sleep patterns, ability to concentrate, and even how well you can chew your food. When you notice that your jaw hurts, give us a call right away at (512) 506-9889.
What is TMD?
When your teeth stop fitting together, or if there is a change in the musculature of the jaw, the result can sometimes be TMD. The TMJ is an extremely complex joint that can move in and out, up and down, and side to side. More complexities are added to the TMJ when you consider that the teeth in your mouth form a complex, three-dimensional puzzle that must fit together perfectly everytime your teeth come together to function properly. If your teeth don’t fit together when the jaw is at rest, your jaw will usually make many tiny adjustments to attempt to find a place of rest. This constant movement and readjusting can lead muscle fatigue and TMD.
Signs and Symptoms of TMD
There are a huge amount of issues that can stem from TMD. It can be very hard to know for sure whether or not you suffer from TMD, so if you notice any of the following symptoms, go ahead and give us a call at (512) 506-9889 to schedule an evaluation. Some symptoms of TMD are:
Diagnosis of TMD
When you come in with an issue involving your jaw, we will likely start by taking a digital X-ray of your mouth. We will use these X-rays to look at your jaw joint and the structures surrounding it. Dr. Myers might feel your neck, jaw, and head to gauge the levels of inflammation that are present. If we determine that you are suffering from TMD, we can move on to treating the issue.
Treatment of TMD
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to dealing with TMD issues because every case is unique. We do have a few different treatment techniques that we can use to get the issue under control and hopefully solve the problem. Nightguards and bite splints can help to prevent nighttime teeth grinding and can stabilize the position of the jaw over time to help alleviate the symptoms of TMD.
If you think you might be suffering from TMD, please call us today at (512) 506-9889 to schedule an appointment.