TMJ & TMD Treatment
Disorders that involve the temporomandibular joint are termed TMJ or TMD. The temporomandibular joint consists of the hinge joints on both sides of the jaw. They attach the lower jaw to the temporal bone of the skull. When the bones, muscles, cartilage or tendons of the jaw joint are dysfunctional or under stress, it can cause the symptoms of TMD. Archie Gomez, DMD, and our team at Sapphire Creek Dental offer TMJ treatment as part of our general dentistry treatments to give relief to those suffering from jaw joint disorders.
There are many factors that can cause TMD. Anything that causes extra stress on the jaw or temporomandibular joint can lead to dysfunction or discomfort. This can include injury to the joint, muscle/tendon issues, degenerative diseases like arthritis and stress from bruxism or teeth clenching. Symptoms of TMD may include:
- Jaw or face pain
- Clicking or popping noises when opening or closing the jaw
- Locked jaw – difficulty closing the jaw
- Ear, neck or shoulder pain
- Difficulty or pain when chewing
- Limited jaw movement
Preventing stress on the jaw can help improve joint function. At Sapphire Creek Dental, we perform thorough exams and offer TMJ treatments that offer relief from TMD symptoms.
Jaw Pain, Facial Pain Relief!
If you suffer from jaw and facial pain caused by TMD, come see Dr. Gomez for an examination. TMJ treatments can include dental nightguards, orthodontic treatment, tooth restorations and other procedures to reduce stress on the temporomandibular joint. Depending on your condition or disorder, Dr. Gomez can recommend treatments to help give you relief and improve the function of your jaw.
If you have been experiencing jaw or lower face pain, you may have a temporomandibular joint disorder. Contact us at Sapphire Creek Dental in New Braunfels, TX, to schedule an exam, and learn about our TMJ treatment options.