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Don’t know much about TMJ disorder? No problem, our dentist is going to let you know all there is to know about TMD.

What is TMJ?

TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joints. These joints and jaw muscles, located on both sides of your head, work in unison to help open and close your mouth. TMJ joints work together when you do things like chew, speak or swallow.

What is TMD?

TMD is an abbreviated name for temporomandibular joint disorder. Any problem that prevents the complex TMJ system of muscles, discs, bones and ligaments from working correctly may result in painful TMD.

What causes TMJ disorder?

There are wide varieties of TMJ disorder causes, some of which include possible dislocation of a disc, arthritis, injury, tooth and jaw misalignment, stress or teeth grinding. Your dentist can adequately diagnose your TMD before recommending a treatment.

How is TMJ disorder treated?

Generally there are several ways you can treat your TMD right at home with pain medications of self-care practices. More often times, your dentist will recommend a splint or night guard. These are generally plastic mouthpieces that fit over your teeth so they don’t touch. They are placed to help correct your bite by putting them in a more correct position.

If your jaw is in pain or you are noticing jaw displacement and popping, it may be time to consider a trip to the dentist. Please give our office a call today at 361.592.4373 to set up an appointment with our dentist!