TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, affects the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) of many people around the world. TMD can not only be extremely painful, but it can also negatively impact the quality of your sleep. That, in turn, can negatively impact the quality of your life overall. Dr. Brawner is acutely aware of the devastating effects of this condition, which is why he offers TMJ analysis and non-surgical TMJ therapy to his patients from throughout the Austin, TX, area.
Why You Should Choose Arbor Oaks Dental for Non-Surgical TMJ Therapy
TMD can be very painful, and if it’s left untreated that pain will only get worse. TMJ usually makes it difficult to chew food, which means that people with TMD often have to restrict the kinds of foods they can enjoy. Patients suffering from TMD have a very difficult time getting good quality sleep, and that can lead to a host of others problems during the day – problems such as fatigue, irritability, and difficulty concentrating. If TMD is not treated, it can eventually lead to devastating problems with the patient’s teeth, and even the jaw itself, which can often require surgery. Fortunately, there are non-surgical TMJ treatments available if this condition is diagnosed and treated early on. Dr. Brawner offers these non-surgical options to his patients suffering from this condition.
What You Should Know about the TMJ
The temporomandibular joint is located where the jaw opens and closes and allows the lower jaw to preform daily functional movements. These movements occur through synchronized muscle contraction moving jaw bone and disc that is associated. Damage to the TMJ can be present at the jaw joint, discs, ligaments or muscles associated. The only way to find out whether you actually suffer from TMD is to get a diagnosis from your dentist or health care professional, but there are certain symptoms that may signal TMD, including:
- Pain or stiffness in your jaw
- Earaches that spread across your face
- Soreness in front of your ear
- Jaw popping and/or grinding noises that occur when you open your mouth
- Sensitive teeth
- Pain in your neck area
- Headaches on the sides of your head
- Grinding your teeth while you sleep
- Locking and/or limited range of motion of your jaw
The good news is that there are several non-surgical treatments available for TMJ if it’s caught in the early stages.
Contact Our Office Today
For more information about TMJ, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brawner, contact our Austin, TX, office today.