Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can have various causes. To determine the cause of your TMJ problems, your dentist will need to examine your specific situation. With a careful examination, which usually includes x-rays and other diagnostic measures, your dentist will determine whether or not you are suffering from a temporomandibular disorder (TMD) and do his or her best to diagnose the reason why for treatment purposes.
In our dental office, we are dedicated to helping our patients locate the source of their jaw pain, and we will work closely with you to find a solution.
For your convenience, we have put together a few common causes of TMJ problems. If you suffer from one of the below problems, you may have found the root of your TMJ pain.
Common Causes of TMD or TMJ Pain
- Bruxism, which is when you grind or clench your teeth
- Injury to your jaw, neck, or head, including injury to the joint itself
- Erosion of a small disc-like feature of your jaw that usually works to keep jaw movement smooth
- Chewing excessively
- Bad posture
- Wearing braces
If you are aware that you have any of the above problems, let your dentist know during your consultation. That way, they can make the best decision for your TMD treatment plan.
How to Fix TMJ Disorders
TMJ treatment usually begins as conservatively as possible. However, your treatment plan will depend on the likely source of your pain and the level of pain you’re experiencing.
At CS Family Dentistry in Bastrop, Dr. Cole Smith uses a variety of TMD treatments, which he recommends based on the patient’s needs. TMD treatments we often recommend include anti-inflammatory medications, pain killers, night guards, jaw exercises, and muscle relaxers. Nightguards can also offer patients a great solution to bruxism, protecting their teeth from damage, so if you have bruxism, it may treat both issues.
Additionally, dentists often recommend eating soft foods and using cold or hot compresses to relieve pain at home. If we decide the TMJ cause of pain is your poor posture, we may recommend posture improvements as a part of your treatment plan. Similarly, if anxiety is causing tension that leads to pain, patients can sometimes use relaxation techniques to successfully reduce symptoms.
Your comfort is our top priority. If our conservative treatment options are not successful, Dr. Smith may recommend a surgical treatment as a last resort.
Don’t Live with TMJ Pain in Bastrop, TX
Without treatment, TMJ pain can cause debilitating pain for patients. It can limit your ability to sleep and to function during the day, making you miss out on everyday activities. We understand the frustration that comes with TMD and the importance of treating it.
We never want people to suffer unnecessarily. If you’re living with TMJ pain, reach out to our friendly Bastrop dental office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith. Our helpful team will evaluate your situation and offer the best advice for moving forward with treatment.
We are here to help you find the best pain relief therapy for you.