Does your jaw constantly ache, or is it really difficult to move? Do you deal with chronic headaches, earaches, or neck and shoulder pain? If so, then you may be suffering from a TMJ disorder, or TMD. Your TMJ is your jaw joint, and like other joints in the body, it can often develop problems due to wear and tear, strain, and injury. Our team will examine your TMJ whenever you come to see us, and if you are dealing with any of these problems, we will be able to provide the relief you need right here in San Antonio. Contact us today to learn more or schedule an appointment.
A TMD can be brought on by a number of factors, but the most common tend to be stress, injury to the joint, arthritis, and a misalignment of the bite that causes tension in the face. When trying to determine the underlying cause of a TMD, we will look at a patient’s teeth (as unconscious grinding is a common symptom), test the mobility of their jaw, and use X-rays to get a better view of the joint. With this information, we will develop a treatment plan to reduce and eliminate all symptoms.
An occlusal splint is an orthopedic mouthpiece we use to treat TMD-related pain. It is designed to be worn at night, and it works by slightly repositioning the jaw into a more relaxed and natural orientation. This allows the joint and surrounding muscles to heal over time, plus it provides a barrier to prevent any teeth grinding. After a few months of consistent use, a patient should be able to go through their day without any TMD symptoms.