If you’re like many, TMJ disorder or TMD is a completely unheard of topic. But if you are experiencing pain or discomfort on one of both sides of your face, popping in your jaw joint, or swelling on the side of your face, it may be time to visit your dentist. Your dentist will be able to diagnose and treat your TMJ disorder effectively.
But what causes TMD? This disorder is caused by several different reasons, some of which include: a possible dislocation of a disc, history of arthritis, injury to the side of your face, tooth and jaw misalignment, stress or teeth grinding.
When you visit your dentist, they may perform a series of examinations and tests to diagnose TMD. X-rays are commonly used by dentist to show the bone structures of the temporomandibular joints found on both sides of your face.
After you have been diagnosed with TMJ disorder, your dentist will provide you with a wide variety of treatment plans, some of which can be done right at home. Paid medications can provide temporary relief from any pain you are experiencing.
Typically your dentist will recommend stabilization splints or a night guard to treat your TMD. These are plastic applications that fit over the upper and lower teeth to separate them from grinding and help correct their position.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of TMD, please contact our office today at 361.994.4900! Our dentist will work with you to ensure your pain and discomfort is treated correctly.