TMJ Treatment in Abilene, TX
What Is The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint and is used to describe dysfunction or disorders related to the joint.
“Temporo,” refers to the temple area of the skull; “mandibular,” refers to the lower jaw; and “joint” is essentially where the head and jaw meet. Problems in this joint may be caused by a trauma, misalignment of the teeth, or excess muscle tension. The two bones that meet at the jaw are buffered by cartilage and five different muscles, so TMJ can cause a variety of troubles.
What Causes Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)?
TMD occurs as a result of the problems associated with the jaw joint and surrounding facial muscles. There are many possible causes of TMD:
- Injury from trauma to the joint
- Clenching or grinding your teeth which is often intensified with stress
- Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis can affect the joint
- Dislocation of the disc within the joint
What Are the Symptoms of TMD?
- Trouble/soreness in opening and closing the mouth
- Clicking or popping of the jaw
- Pain in the jaw muscles
- Soreness in the area, sometimes extending to the face
How Do You Treat TMD?
There is a large range of treatments depending on how severe the symptoms of TMD are. It is best to consult your dentist for the treatment that would be appropriate for any symptoms you may be experiencing.
Ask your dentist what the best treatment is for you if you are experiencing any of these problems.