Temporomandibular Disorder, also known as Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome or TMJ, is a very common issue in the dental field. The Temporomandibular Joint connects the mandible to the temporal bone. There are approximately 3 million cases of TMJ every year. At Houston Dental Esthetics, we specialize in addressing and fixing this problem.
Temporomandibular Disorder can be caused by several internal or external sources. Here are just a few of the causes of TMJ:
- Emotional stress
- Grinding teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Missing teeth
- Traumatic experience, such as a car accident, fall, or sports injury
Because of these issues, the jaw joints can become affected resulting in various problems. There is a list of symptoms that can ensue from TMJ, particularly pain and discomfort in the affected region. Here are some more specific issues that can take place:
- Clicking or locking of jaw
- Difficulty chewing
- Discomfort or pain when opening or closing the jaw
- Headaches and migraines
- Muscle pain in the face, neck or shoulders
- Pain or ringing in the ears
Temporomandibular Disorder can cause some real discomfort and pain, but it is treatable. Our Katy dentists conduct thorough examinations of the jaw area and the reasons for the TMJ issue. Depending upon the precise cause, our dentists will produce a diagnosis and let you know exactly what the next steps are to become pain- and discomfort-free. This may include dental implants, dental extractions, or dental crowns, or it could be addressed by something as simple as sleeping with a mouthguard.
DO YOU SUFFER FROM TEMPOROMANDIBULAR DISORDER?
If you have been suffering from pain and discomfort, then contact our Katy dental office today. You may be suffering from Temporomandibular Disorder or something less severe. Our Katy dentists are here to find out precisely what is causing the oral problems. We look forward to assisting you and your family with your dental health.