TMJ Treatment in
Houston, TX

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TMJ Treatment in Houston

What is TMD?

As you know, your jaw sits on a hinge. Sometimes, when you yawn or chew something very large, you will hear and feel the joint of your jaw pop. That joint is called the temporomandibular joint, commonly referred to in the medical world as TMJ. When that joint encounters problems with movement or pain, the result is the temporomandibular disorder (TMD).

The exact causes of TMD are frequently difficult to pinpoint in each person. TMD is commonly caused by a combination of problems, including physical trauma, jaw injury, arthritis, teeth grinding.

Symptoms

  • Pain when chewing, speaking or opening the mouth wide.
  • Can’t open your mouth all the way
  • The jaw locks or gets stuck, unable to move
  • Popping when chewing or opening and closing the mouth
  • Soreness or fatigue in the face
  • Difficulty chewing
  • A suddenly uncomfortable bite, as if the teeth are misaligned
  • Swelling in the face
  • Aching pain in and around the ear

Treatment

Fortunately, most mild cases of TMD can be treated through rather simple methods. Only in very severe cases is surgery required.

  • Eat soft foods and avoid hard, crunchy, chewy, thick, and large foods. Cut foods into bite-sized, easily chewable pieces; this decreases the amount of chewing work that your jaw needs to perform.
  • If the muscle pain and swelling are unmanageable, you can take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Advil, Aleve, Motrin, etc). Muscle relaxants can help, too, especially for those who grind or clench their teeth.
  • If the TMD is caused at least in part by teeth grinding, night guards will lessen their effects.
  • Avoid extreme jaw movements (yelling or singing).
  • Don’t hold the phone between your shoulder and ear.
  • Don’t rest your chin on your hand.
  • Keep good posture.
  • Practice relaxation techniques.

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