Temporomandibular joint dysfunction is a really long name … so let’s call it TMJ. Ah, yes, that’s right, now the name is more familiar! You’ve heard it before. Maybe even some lingering pain in your chewing muscles and bones has you wondering if you’ve got it.
TMJ dysfunction is sometimes called TMD, TMJD, or TMJ Syndrome if there seems to be a collection of related issues with your jaw. Dr. Holly Lane at the office of Holly R. Lane, DDS is here to tell you more about TMJ and what to do if you’ve got it.
A sailboat requires a complex system of ropes, pulleys, and hooks to catch a wind in the sail and get moving. Your jaw is also made of an incredible team of muscles, bones, joints and tissue in order to function. If anything affects any one part of these pieces in your jaw, it could lead to chronic pain and problems with the joints in your jaw. TMJ is a broad term that includes any of this pain of dysfunction.
TMJ can feel like anything from a headache to an inner ear infection. The pain can move from your face and head down to your neck and shoulders. If you have TMJ, talking, chewing and yawning can be very uncomfortable. You might also hear clicking in your jaw, feel your jaw lock in place, or experience muscle spasms.
Because TMJ has a variety of symptoms, it can be confusing to tell if you have it. A dentist will absolutely be able to help just by looking into your mouth. A comprehensive dentist who is trained in assessing not only your mouth, but your lifestyle and whole body may be especially helpful for diagnosing and treating TMJ.
Did you know that more women report having TMJ than men? Otherwise, there are a few risk factors that increase your chance of having TMJ:
Your best bet for long-term treatment and pain reduction is to seek professional help. A dentist can offer a number of treatments (depending on your case) that can get rid of your TMJ. Some options are:
Don’t let pain interfere with your life. A combination of lifestyle changes and some help from your San Antonio dentist can have you on the up and up for good. Call us today to make an appointment to treat your TMJ!
14400 Jones Maltsberger Rd. Suite 101
San Antonio, TX 78247
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