Temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMD or TMJ, is a disorder that affects the temporomandibular joint. These joints are located on either side of your head and affect many areas of your face. TMJ syndrome can be painful, but it can be treated by a TMJ specialist or by your dentist at Renken Dentistry in Georgetown, TX.
It’s not always known what causes TMD. 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:
If you have any of these symptoms that persist, you might want to talk to your dentist about the possibility of TMJ.
TMJ treatment can usually be handled by your dentist. One of the most popular treatment options is night guard therapy, in which the patient is fitted with a mouthguard to wear during sleep. This mouth guard keeps the jaw aligned and prevents the patient from clenching their jaw in their sleep, irritating the temporomandibular joint.
If you think you might have temporomandibular joint disorder, call our office in Georgetown to book an appointment for TMJ syndrome treatment today.