Located on either side of your ears, directly in front of your ears, is the temporomandibular joint, also known as the TMJ. Your TMJ is responsible for allowing your jaw to move smoothly, helping you eat, chew, speak, laugh, and yawn comfortably. However, some circumstances arise where the TMJ becomes stressed or strained, causing pain and discomfort. Many people with damage to the TMJ experience:
- A stuck or locked jaw
- Clicking, popping, or grating noises when moving the jaw
- Facial pain, swelling, or tenderness
- Difficulty opening your mouth wide
There are many different ways to treat the TMJ in Waco, Temple, and Gatesville, TX, based on your individual situation and the severity of your case. Care methods at home, such as ice and medication, are often effective. Other cases require the use of dental devices, such as splints or mouth guards. For more serious damage, surgery may also be recommended. Our dentists at Acre Wood Dental, Dr. Johnson, Dr. Kennedy and Dr. Olzack will work closely with you to discover which method of treatment will help treat the condition and alleviate pain and discomfort. If you are experiencing any of the signs and symptoms of TMJ disorder, we encourage you to call us today. We would be happy to discuss all of your options with you.