Do you wake up regularly to pain in your jaw, face, neck, and head? Do you hear a clicking sound when you open your mouth to chew or yawn? Has eating become painful and stressful?
You may be suffering from TMD, or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.
We see many patients in Bastrop who suffer from chronic jaw and neck pain along with migraines. Some people may take pain relievers regularly and live with the pain, not realizing that the source of the pain may be an impairment of the TMJ.
Dr. Cole Smith at CS Family Dentistry can provide a variety of solutions that can relieve the pain caused by TMD and improve your quality of life.
What Is TMD?
The term TMJ commonly refers to symptoms and disorders involving your jaw joint, but the actual medical condition itself is known as TMD. The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, functions like a sliding hinge where your upper and lower jaw come together, connecting your jaw to your skull. Any issue with the hinge is known as TMD—often leading to jaw pain, clicking and locking of the jaw, and difficulty when yawning or chewing.
Sometimes the source is a misaligned bite, but there are other reasons that result in TMD include:
- Injury to teeth or jaw
- Teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Excessive chewing
Treatment for TMD
Our Bastrop dental team knows how chronic pain can affect your standard of living. Dr. Smith can offer proven methods to help relieve your painful symptoms and allow you to enjoy your life again.
Since TMD can have many different causes, there’s no one-size-fits-all treatment plan that works for everyone. Our team at CS Family Dentistry is committed to diagnosing the source of the pain and finding a solution that works permanently. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, Dr. Smith may recommend one or more treatment options, ranging from pain killers, anti-inflammatory medications, and muscle relaxants to nightguards and jaw exercises. If none of these treatments are effective, your Bastrop dentist may endorse surgical procedure.
Our goal is to decrease your pain, and improve the mobility of your jaw so you can resume your daily routine. Your comfort and well-being are important to us, and together, we can find the right solution.
Call Today to Get the Pain Relief You Need
We understand fully well how debilitating the symptoms of TMD can be for our patients. Our trained staff will work with you until we find the right pain relief therapy that decreases the symptoms. Jaw or tooth pain is not typical or natural. Often, pain is an indicator of a dental condition that needs to be treated. Don't wait for the pain to go away; oftentimes it may get worse.