TMJ/TMD Treatment In Cibolo
Symptoms like jaw pain, “clicking” while chewing, and jaw stiffness could indicate that you are suffering from TMJ/TMD. This condition can cause debilitating discomfort and interfere with even the most simple daily activities like chewing, speaking, and smiling. If you notice any of these signs, Dr. Patel offers TMJ/TMD treatment in Cibolo to help you get back to enjoying your daily life without the pain or stress associated with this condition.
What Is TMJ/TMD?
TMJ/TMD refers to “temporomandibular joint disorder.” This is a disorder of the temporomandibular joint, which is the small, delicate joint that connects your jaw to your skull. This joint is very small and complex, and if it is knocked out of position, becomes inflamed, or deteriorates in some other way, you may develop TMJ/TMD. If you suffer from this condition, your jaw function may be impaired and you may also experience other symptoms like locking and clicking. A few common causes of TMJ/TMD include jaw overuse, impacts to the jaw and temporomandibular joint, and diseases like arthritis which can cause inflammation.
Common Symptoms Of TMJ/TMD
- Jaw locking, clicking, and jaw pain
- Pain in and around the ear
- In severe cases, you may even be unable to open your jaw all the way
- Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
Treatment Options For TMJ/TMD
Some minor cases of TMJ/TMD can be resolved simply by lifestyle changes. If you overuse your jaw muscles by chewing gum or grinding your teeth, your condition can be addressed by avoiding gum or using a night guard. In some cases, further intervention is required. Oral appliances are a common treatment for TMJ/TMD, and this involves wearing a retainer-like device that shifts your temporomandibular joint into a healthier position to allow it to heal. Injections of corticosteroids like cortisone may also help encourage your jaw to heal. Oral surgery is sometimes required, but this is very rare.