Your teeth, jaw, and surrounding muscles are all designed to work in harmony, and your teeth should all come together simultaneously. When teeth are missing or out of alignment, the jaw is forced to shift position, and the muscles have to work harder than they should to bring the teeth together. As a result, you may suffer from the temporomandibular disorder and may need TMD and TMJ treatment.
Alamo Ranch Dental Care can help you with this condition by providing the right orthodontic treatment in San Antonio, TX. We can help you find the right solution for TMD treatment in San Antonio Texas and TMJ treatment in San Antonio Texas.
What is the Temporomandibular Joint?
The temporomandibular joint connects the lower jaw, called the mandible, to the bone at the side of the head, which is the temporal bone. If you place your fingers just in front of your ears and open your mouth, you can feel the joints. Because these joints are flexible, the jaw can move smoothly up and down and side to side, enabling you to talk, chew, and yawn. Muscles and ligaments attached to and surrounding the jaw joint control its position and movement.
What are TMD and TMJ?
Temporomandibular Disorder, or TMD (Temporomandibular Joint / TMJ), is a condition that results from a misalignment of the teeth, the upper and lower jaws or, in some cases, the jaw joints themselves.
The constant strain on the muscles can also pull the disc that cushions the jaw joint out of position. If this happens, the bones of the jaw joint can rub against each other, not only causing pain but also damage to the joint.
Symptoms of TMD and TMJ?
Symptoms can be quite painful and can often be mistaken for other problems. TMD symptoms may include:
- Headaches and migraines
- Muscle pain in your face, neck, or shoulders
- Pain when you open and close your jaw
- Difficulty chewing
- Pain or ringing in the ears
TMD and TMJ Treatment Procedure
We may ask you about some suspected causes when we take your medical history. For example, grinding teeth while awake or asleep, trauma such as a car crash or fall, emotional stress, or your teeth being out of alignment, could be contributing factors.
We will analyze your bite using advanced equipment to identify any problems. Then we may fit you with a custom-crafted orthotic for the next several months to relax the muscles, restore balance to the jaw joint, and stabilize the bite. Once we have stabilized your bite, we can permanently correct it.
Depending on your situation, we may use dental appliances to replace missing teeth, move teeth with orthodontic treatment, or place crowns and dental veneers on some or all of the teeth. With treatment, we can restore harmony to the teeth, muscles, and jaw joint, and get you out of pain. We may also suggest the use of Botox treatment to treat TMJ pain for up to 3-4 months.
Schedule a Consultation for TMD and TMJ Treatment
If you believe that you may be suffering from temporomandibular disorder, then contact Alamo Ranch Dental Care today for general dentistry services in San Antonio. We offer comprehensive TMD and TMJ treatment, as well as other dental services. Call us today at 855.600.3871 to find out more about how we can help you with medical conditions. We are here to help restore your smile!