TMJ/TMD Specialist

Advanced Dental Care of Austin

General, Cosmetic and Family Dentists located in Austin, TX

More than 10 million people suffer from Temporomandibular disorder (TMD), a chronic pain condition that affects the facial muscles and jaw. The highly skilled team of dentists at Advanced Dental Care of Austin diagnoses and treats TMD at the Austin, Texas, office and can often restore functions like chewing and speaking through conservative approaches. If you notice symptoms such as pain and tenderness in your jaw and face, call or use the online booking tool and set up an appointment today.

TMJ/TMD Q&A

Advanced Dental Care of Austin

What is TMD?

TMD is a debilitating health condition that affects the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and the muscles attached to it. The TMJ is located in front of your ears. You feel it functioning when you open your mouth to chew and speak. It’s the joint that facilitates proper jaw function.

The troubling thing about TMD is it can affect virtually anyone at any given time. It’s often a response to stress, emotional factors, or teeth grinding (also known as bruxism). Having TMD can make opening and closing your mouth very difficult and even immensely painful.

How do I know if I have TMD?

The telltale sign of TMD is that you find it painful and difficult to open and close your mouth. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of TMD include:

  • Pain and tenderness in the jaw and face area
  • Clicking noise in the jaw when chewing
  • Inability to open mouth completely
  • Facial swelling
  • Locking of the jawbone when opening or closing the mouth

If you suspect you have TMD, seek the help of a skilled dentist at Advanced Dental Care of Austin.

What causes TMD?

While the exact cause of TMD isn’t known, there are a variety of theories and likely contributors to the condition.

Many experts believe stress or psychological factors can contribute to TMD. Teeth grinding or clenching, as well as crooked or missing teeth, are also often associated with TMD.

Muscle spasms or jaw injury and trauma are also thought to potentially have an impact on TMJ function and may lead to a TMD diagnosis. Sleeping in an awkward position that places undue stress on your jaw and facial muscles may also play a role in developing TMJ symptoms.

How is TMD treated?

First, the team at Advanced Dental Care of Austin asks you about your symptoms and performs a thorough physical evaluation of your jaw, facial muscles, and teeth to attain an accurate diagnosis. This may also involve taking x-rays to further evaluate your condition.

Besides home remedies like icing, your dentist may recommend one of a host of treatments. Injections of BOTOX® can help relax your jaw muscles and restore proper TMJ function. Another common form of TMD treatment is the use of spray stretch, a liquid spray your dentist can apply to your TMJ that helps stretch it out, providing relief by stretching the joint.

Occlusal guards, or splints, custom-made for you to wear at night can help realign your jaw and restore your TMJ health.

If you suspect you have TMD, call or use the online booking tool today and schedule an appointment at the office to learn more about your treatment options.