TMJ and TMD

The temporomandibular joint connects your jawbone to your skull at either side of your face. Why is this joint important? Temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMD or TMJ, can cause discomfort and pain in the jawbone, face, and skull.  If you are suffering from symptoms of TMJ syndrome, we can help. Our dentists can help patients with TMJ/TMD get relief in Georgetown, TX.

Although It’s not always known what causes this disorder, some potential causes are disease, genetics, teeth grinding or clenching, or injury to the jaw area. TMJ can be difficult to diagnose, as the symptoms are often also symptoms of other conditions. However, you might have TMJ disorder if you have any of the following:

  • Jaw pain
  • Soreness or pain in the face
  • Difficulty or pain while chewing
  • Clicking or locking of the jaw
  • Headache

If you have any of these symptoms that persist, you might want to talk to your dentist about the possibility of TMJ.

Dentists are experts in oral care and how the jawbone and teeth can affect different areas of the face. This makes Renken dentists the perfect choice to discuss TMJ treatment options in Georgetown, TX.  One of the most popular treatment options is night guard therapy, in which the patient is fitted with a custom mouthguard to wear during sleep. This mouthguard keeps the jaw aligned and prevents the patient from clenching their jaw in their sleep, irritating the temporomandibular joint. Another treatment option is orthodontics to properly align teeth. Teeth that are misaligned may grind while you sleep or cause uneven use during the day, causing irritation to the TMJ.

Botox is another treatment option for TMJ. While Botox is often associated with cosmetic procedures, it can also be used for therapeutic purposes. If this is the right treatment for you, a trained dentist will inject the paralytic toxin directly into your tense facial muscles. This treatment can lessen and even eliminate headaches caused by bruxism and relieve pain in your jaw. Botox has also been used as an effective treatment for lockjaw in patients with chronic stress symptoms. Our goal is to ensure that you have a happy and healthy smile. A dentist will evaluate your symptoms, face and mouth, and health history to determine the best treatment for you. If you think you might have temporomandibular joint disorder, call our office in Georgetown to book an appointment to discuss treatment for TMJ syndrome.