The temporomandibular joints, or TMJ for short, are the joints located on either side of your head, directly below your ears, which make it possible to open, close and move your jaw. If you are experiencing pain or have difficulty moving your jaw, you may be suffering from TMJ disorder. At the office of F. Loya DMD, our 78702 TMJ dentist can provide care to treat a TMJ disorder and relieve the associated symptoms.
Every time you chew, yawn or swallow, your left and right TMJ are hard at work. When everything is working well, you can chew, yawn, and move your jaw with ease. However, if you notice a clicking or popping sound when you open and close your mouth, if your jaw locks when you move it or if you experience facial pain, these may be signs of TMJ disorder. Injury, arthritis, misalignments of the teeth and bite and bruxism are all common causes of TMJ disorder. Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, places excess pressure on the TMJ, causing the joints to become painful and inflamed. Teeth grinding can also cause teeth to chip and break. Symptoms and causes of TMJ disorder can vary widely, and require a comprehensive examination with a 78702 TMJ dentist for an accurate diagnosis and care. At the office of F. Loya DMD, we can treat bruxism with a customized nightguard and alleviate pressure on the TMJ. We design your night guard to fit precisely and comfortably to keep you from clenching and grinding your teeth at night. Our team will teach you how to properly utilize and maintain your nightguard for the best results of care.
At the office of F. Loya DMD, we provide state-of-the-art solutions for all your dental healthcare needs. If you have TMJ disorder caused or exacerbated by teeth grinding, visit our 78702 TMJ dentist to fit out if a nightguard can help. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call today.