TMJ is the joint that connects the lower and upper jaw. The term TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. This is one of the most complex joints in the entire body, capable of forward and backward movement, rotations, and side-to-side movements, and it is responsible for your ability to properly speak, eat, yawn, and more. TMJ often refers to complications and problems with this joint. Some of the most common symptoms of TMJ problems are pain in the jaw, face, neck, or ears, limited movement of the jaw, clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joint, muscle spasms, and locking of the jaw.
Some potential causes of the disease include genetics, hormones, low-level infections, autoimmune diseases, trauma, and clenching or grinding of the teeth. Diagnosis and evaluation of such conditions are performed by dentists experienced in TMJ problems and treatments. Some common treatments are night guards, bite guards, and bite adjustments. Your gentle dentists can guide you toward the best treatment for you based on your individual needs and symptoms.
If you experience any TMJ problems or symptoms, please let us know by calling us at Anderson Lane Dental. Dr. Pevow and Dr. Robbins will be happy to evaluate your situation and offer the best treatment possible for TMJ in Austin, Texas.