TMJ: Learn the Signs of this Painful Condition and How to Get Relief

When you’re planning on going to the dentist, you probably think about the annual check-ups and cavity fillings. Dentistry, however, goes far beyond the cleanings and restorative care. Our expert dentists at Advanced Dental Care of Austin, located in Austin, Texas, specialize in treating all of your dental needs including addressing the signs and symptoms of TMD/TMJ

TMD/TMJ overview

TMD stands for temporomandibular disorder. This is a condition that affects the muscles in your face and jaw. At the heart of TMD is your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Your TMJ is the joint that connects your skull to your jaw. 

You can develop TMD and issues with your TMJ if you have an injury or experience trauma to your teeth or jaw. It can also occur if you have teeth and jaw alignment issues, grind your teeth, have poor posture, are constantly stressed, experience arthritis, or chew gum often.  

Recognizing the signs of this dental condition early is the best way to get treatment and start feeling relief. Here are signs to pay attention to, especially if you’ve been injured recently:

These are all signs that you may have developed TMD. This condition can be especially painful and frustrating, so it’s best to seek our expert care as soon as possible. 

Dentistry and TMD/TMJ

You might not think of heading to our dentists when you’re experiencing symptoms like headaches, but our dentists are experts when it comes to treating your TMD/TMJ symptoms. 

We start by evaluating your situation. We discuss your symptoms and how and when they first appeared. Then, we conduct a mobility test, observe your bite positioning, analyze the overall condition of your teeth, and check for swelling and tenderness. We can also order digital X-rays of your mouth and jawbone to assist our diagnosis and treatment plan. 

After your consultation, we recommend the best course of action and offer a comprehensive list of treatment options including Invisalign®, implants, bridges, and crowns to address any issues with your bite. We also prescribed muscle relaxers to relieve pain and relax your jaw so you can open and close your mouth properly. 

If you’re experiencing the painful and irritating symptoms of TMD?TMJ, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans experience these problems every year. Call our office or schedule an appointment online today to start feeling relief from pain and other symptoms. 

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