The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) plays a crucial role in our daily lives, facilitating essential functions like speaking, chewing and smiling. However, when this complex joint encounters issues, it can lead to a condition known as TMJ disorder (TMD). TMD arises from various factors, such as stress, bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), arthritis in the TMJ or head, neck or jaw injuries. Recognizing TMD often involves identifying common symptoms, including:
- Persistent jaw or facial pain
- Clicking, popping or grinding sounds when moving your jaw
- Difficulty opening your mouth widely
- A locked or stuck jaw
- Pain when chewing or biting
- Discomfort in your neck, shoulders or ears
- Frequent headaches
TMJ disorders can significantly impact your quality of life, and our experienced dentists and team are dedicated to helping you find the relief you need. Understanding the underlying cause and assessing the severity of your condition is our first step in crafting a personalized treatment plan. Depending on your unique circumstances, TMD treatment options may include jaw and facial relaxation exercises, lifestyle adjustments, restorative dental procedures, the use of a mouth guard or night guard or in severe cases, jaw surgery.
Reach out to True Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today at 281-666-9912 find out more about TMJ treatments in Houston, Texas, and schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Olagoke Masha or Dr. Jennifer Ogbuehi. We are committed to helping you regain comfort and confidence in your oral health.