TMD/TMJ Treatment in San Antonio, TX
The temporomandibular joints are located on both sides of your face, connecting the jawbone to the skull. They allow you to open and close your mouth as well as move your jaw from side to side. Any discomfort or issues with functionality involving your TMJ is considered a temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. At South Texas Smiles, we provide personalized TMJ treatment to determine the root cause of your pain and how to correct it. Schedule your visit with our TMJ dentist today!
Symptoms of TMD
TMD can appear differently in every patient, but a few of the most common symptoms include:
- Chronic Headaches
- Clicking or Popping of Jaw
- Ear & Facial Pain
- Jaw Tenderness
- Pain While Chewing
Frequently Asked Questions
What causes TMJ pain?
TMD can be caused by a number of things, including jaw injuries, arthritis, excessive grinding or clenching of your teeth, or a misalignment of your bite. At your exam, we’ll perform a number of tests and look for any signs of teeth grinding to better diagnose your unique case.
What’s the TMJ treatment procedure like?
At South Texas Smiles, we take a conservative approach to TMJ treatment. In most cases, we’ll create a customized oral piece and recommend a few exercises to reposition your jaw and alleviate pain. If your TMD is more severe, we will discuss more advanced treatment options at your initial consultation.
How can I prevent TMJ pain?
If you know you have a tendency to grind your teeth at night, try investing in a mouthguard to wear while you sleep. For those who are prone to TMJ pain, avoid excessively chewing gum and eating foods that are difficult to chew.Schedule Your Consultation