TMJ, known medically as the temporomandibular joint, is the bone structure containing the muscles and connective tissues surrounding the jaw. The TMJ controls chewing, and when people experience pain and tenderness in the jaw, its most commonly referred to as TMJ disorder, or temporomandibular joint disorder. Those with TMJ disorder can also experience popping or clicking noises in the aw when speaking and chewing, difficulties opening and closing the mouth, and constant headaches. When left untreated, these symptoms can get progressively worse over time and eventually cause malocclusion. TMJ disorder can be considered a link to conditions such as arthritis, tooth grinding, and previous head injuries. At St. Clair Dental, we have ways of treating TMJ disorders in Granbury, from non-invasive therapy to surgery.
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TMJ disorder is a collection of disorders affecting the temporomandibular joint because it can have many different symptoms that, while commonly associated with one another, can range in pain intensity and symptom appearance. Some people with TMJ disorder can live their whole lives with the condition and not experience any symptoms. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research states that as many as 12-percent of Americans could suffer from TMJ disorder, twice likely with women instead of men. However, only one in every three people fails to seek treatment, despite the widely available for treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I determine if I need treatment for TMJ Disorder?
Dr. Karl will have to examine and diagnose you with TMJ disorder to receive treatment. She will evaluate the extent of the condition and determine the best course of action. She can prescribe non-invasive treatments first, such as physical therapy and bite guards, to protect the integrity of your teeth and jawbone from further degrading. However, if over time, the treatments fail to lessen the symptoms, then surgery or joint injections will be needed to manage the disorder.
What kinds of treatments can I undergo for TMJ Disorder?
Our Granbury TMJ treatments can vary, but Dr. Karl has experience in this field and will recommend the best treatment plans for the most likely outcomes. She may suggest some lifestyle changes to help improve and facilitate your jaw function or suggest life habits such as sleeping on your back to prevent jaw pain. She’ll also develop bite guards for sleep to prevent the jaw from shifting during sleep, and if none of these treatments provide the best outcomes, then she’ll recommend you to an oral and maxillofacial specialist, or an ENT doctor, for further treatment.
What instructions will I need to follow for TMJ treatment?
Treatment instructions will vary according to the treatment plan prescribed. Dr. Karl can recommend the best course of action in managing TMJ and assures that she and her team will provide the most comprehensive dental services to the Granbury area. If you have any concerns about TMJ disorder, then contact Dr. Karl at St. Clair Dental.