Therapy for Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction in San Antonio, TX

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The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is the spot where your jaw connects to your skull to allow you to open and close your jaw easily. Sometimes the joint is injured or damaged, resulting in a painful condition called temporomandibular joint disorder or dysfunction (TMD). If you are experiencing pain or hearing noises when you open your jaw, schedule a consultation with our dental team to determine if you have TMD. At Leon Springs Dental Center in San Antonio, TX, we use innovative equipment to diagnose and care for your TMD to alleviate symptoms. Your TMJ therapy will be based on the cause of your TMD and your specific condition, but a few options are oral appliances (mouth guards or night guards), bite alteration, dental restorations, and more.

To diagnose TMD, we will listen carefully to understand your concerns prior to a physical exam. During the examination, we will assess how your jaw moves and search for indications of teeth grinding, jaw clenching, and misalignment of your teeth. We will also palpate the jawbone and surrounding area for any swelling and tenderness. We might want to have digital x-rays of your lower head along with an analysis of your bite to look for underlying factors that could determine your treatment method. Depending on the examination, we will go over your treatment choices that may incorporate a mouth guard, orthodontics, or dental restorations (crowns, bridges, and dentures).

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Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain can make it tough to eat, talk, and enjoy your day-to-day life. Since there are lots of possible causes, symptoms, and solutions to treat temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), schedule an appointment at our San Antonio, TX office. We will perform a detailed examination prior to your diagnosis and talk about treatment options. Get in touch with Leon Springs Dental Center to get more information and make an appointment.

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How long does it typically take to see improvements with TMJ therapy?

The time frame for seeing improvements with TMJ therapy can vary based on the severity of the condition and the treatment method. Some patients may notice relief shortly after starting treatment, especially with oral appliance therapy. However, more complex cases involving dental restorations or orthodontics may take several weeks or months before significant improvements are observed.

Can TMJ therapy help with headaches and ear pain?

Yes, TMJ therapy can often help alleviate symptoms like headaches and ear pain that are associated with TMD. These symptoms occur due to the close proximity of the TMJ to various nerves and muscles. Effective TMJ treatment can reduce the tension and misalignment in the jaw joint, thereby diminishing related headaches and ear pain. 

Are there any self-care practices that can complement TMJ therapy?

Alongside professional TMJ therapy, certain self-care practices can help manage symptoms. These include avoiding excessive jaw movements, practicing stress-reduction techniques to reduce jaw clenching, applying heat or cold packs to the joint area, and eating soft foods to minimize jaw strain. Additionally, exercises specifically designed to strengthen and relax the jaw muscles can be beneficial. These practices should be discussed and guided by your dental team at Leon Springs Dental Center for optimal results.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.