The temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, located in front of each ear. It helps your jaw movement to let you talk, chew, and yawn. However, there can be problems which require chronic TMJ treatment. At Austin Dental Care, we examine you thoroughly to set up appropriate TMJ treatment Austin Texas for you.
When to visit TMJ specialist Austin TX?
- Pain or tenderness in your face, jaw joint area, around the ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouth
- Jaws that get “locked” in the while opening or closing
- Sounds like clicking, popping, or grating in the jaw joint while opening or closing to talk or chew
- Trouble in chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite- as if teeth don’t fit together
- Swelling on the side of the face
You may also suffer from toothaches, neck aches, dizziness, earaches, hearing problems, upper shoulder pain, and ringing in the ears.
Causes of TMJ disorders
Some TMJ dentist specialists believe symptoms arise from problems with the jaw muscles or parts of the joint itself.
In case you suffer injury to the jaw, the joint, or the muscles of head and neck, you might have to go for TMJ treatment Austin. Other causes are:
- Grinding, clenching your teeth, putting a great deal of pressure on the joint
- Movement of the disc between the ball and socket of the joint
- Arthritis in the joint
- Stress, which results in tightening facial and jaw muscles
TMJ Treatment Austin requires multiple steps to discover what’s causing your problem, the dentist will ask about your medical history and conduct a physical exam.
In the next step he will check your jaw joints for pain or tenderness and listen for clicks, pops, or any other kind of grating sounds when you move them. He will also make sure your jaw works in the proper way and does not lock when you open or close your mouth. He will also test your bite and check for problems with those facial muscles.
Your dentist will then take a full-face X-ray so he can view your jaws, temporomandibular joints, and teeth to rule out any other possible problems. The MRI scan is conducted to show if the TMJ disc is in the proper position during jaw movements. A CT scan shows the bony details of the joint.
A TMJ specialist Austin TX or an oral surgeon might be recommended for further chronic TMJ treatment. These doctors specialize in surgery of the areas in and around the entire face, mouth, and jaw area. You may also be asked to see an orthodontist to ensure your teeth, muscles, and joints work just like they should. At AustinDentalCare, our TMJ dentist specialist will perform a thorough examination of your jaws and mouth to diagnose and suggest the right treatments.