For many people, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), also known as TMJ, is not a serious condition. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, there are estimates that over 10 million people in the USA are affected by this problem and most of those are female. Many people experiencing the discomfort of TMD/TMJ find that it only lasts for a little while. Occasional pain, sometimes occurring in cycles, disappears without general dental treatment. Some people may need minor treatment before the symptoms leave. However, there are those whose symptoms are more severe and the discomfort is lasting.
At West Houston Dentistry, we have expertise in diagnosing and treating TMD/TMJ. The treatment plan is designed according to the extent of the problem. Some patients need only mild treatment to get good results. Simple exercise and adjusting certain habits may be all that is needed to provide relief. Pain medication may be prescribed in some cases. Bite guards are often suggested as part of the treatment plan for TMD/TMJ. After thoroughly examining your jaws and teeth your dentist will devise a treatment plan that will address the severity of your problem.
The discomfort that can come from TMD/TMJ can affect your head, neck and shoulders. There are other conditions that can cause pain in these areas as well. This is why it is necessary to get a correct diagnosis. At West Houston Dentistry we have the expertise to examine your condition and find out if your problem is with your temporomandibular joint and, if so, to what degree.
It is not necessary to suffer from the discomfort of TMD/TMJ when there is help available. Contact West Houston Dentistry today for a consultation appointment. If you are experiencing pain in your jaw joint, head and neck area, let us help you determine the cause and put you on the road back to health.