TMD (temporomandibular disorders) are problems associated with the temporomandibular joint, which is why they are commonly referred to as TMJ disorders or TMJ syndrome. Many disorders involving TMJ are hard to diagnose completely because exact causes are unknown.
The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is the area where your lower jaw connects to your head. When you move your lower jaw up and down, the TMJ is sliding along a disc to allow that movement to be smooth. Although trauma can cause TMD, in many cases it can start without any injury at all. Other symptoms could come from arthritis that affects the TMJ or problems with the jaw muscle or TMJ disk.
Although TMD is more complicated to diagnose, there are symptoms typical of many TMJ disorders. These symptoms can include:
- Inability to fully open your jaw
- Jaw feels locked or gets stuck if opened fully
- Pain while chewing or speaking, sometimes extending to areas around your ear, neck or shoulders
- Chronic headaches
- Painful popping or clicking when the jaw is opened wide
- A change in the way your lower and upper teeth fit together
To ease problems of TMD, a simple TMJ treatment consist of eating soft foods and avoiding large jaw movements such as wide yawns or gum chewing. Applying ice packs or learning relaxation techniques can also alleviate symptoms.
Because symptoms of TMD are similar to other oral problems, if you are experiencing any form of the above-mentioned symptoms or any other problems with your jaw and joints, ask our office in San Antonio, Texas.
San Antonio dentist Dr. William Stewart provides a thorough exam – carefully considering your situation to address all of your questions and concerns. TMJ treatment is given on a personal basis, depending on your severity and range of options.
As a patient of Dr. Stewart and his experienced staff, you can be assured of a comfortable, friendly environment, high quality treatment, and lasting effects. There’s a reason William J. Stewart Jr. DDS Advanced Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is an award winning practice. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you are already feeling pain in your jaw, ear, neck, shoulders, or having headaches.
Call and schedule an appointment with Dr. William Stewart today if you are in the San Antonio area, including Shavano Park, Boerne, Helotes, and Leon Springs! Feel free to message us as well with any questions or concerns that you may have.