Your face has two joints that are responsible for opening and closing your jaw, as well as moving your mouth side to side. These joints are known as your temporomandibular joints, or “TMJ.” Sometimes, your TMJ can become misaligned. When your TMJ do not function properly, it is called temporomandibular joint disorder, or “TMD.” Sometimes, the terms “TMJ” and “TMD” are used interchangeably.
TMD can arise for a number of reasons. The most common reason is trauma to the jaw. However, many times the cause of TMD is unclear.
You may have have TMD if you suffer from any of the following symptoms:
- Jaw, face, or neck pain
- Muscle soreness or stiffness in the jaw
- Clicking or popping sounds when you open and close your mouth
- Limited jaw movement (lockjaw)
- A change in your bite
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Frequent headaches
At Echeverri Dental Center, we provide TMD treatment to help ease your jaw pain. We can help correct your misaligned joints through mouth guard therapy. A mouthguard can push your jaw back into its proper position, thus realigning your jaw. When your jaw is aligned, there should be no painful rubbing or grating on the joints, which contributes to TMD symptoms.
Your mouthguard should be worn nightly as you sleep. We will ensure that your mouthguard fits snugly and securely in your mouth, so you can still have a comfortable night’s sleep. With mouthguard therapy, you can eliminate your TMD symptoms and get back to your normal, everyday activities!
If you’d like to learn more about mouthguard therapy and TMJ/TMD treatment, please contact our Houston, TX dentist office today. We would be thrilled to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Call today to schedule an appointment. You shouldn’t have to live with painful TMD. At Echeverri Dental Center, we can help!