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TMJ/TMD Therapy in Bee Cave, TX

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Drs. Mike and Mark Shalaby at Rigby Advanced Dental are trained to provide TMJ treatment and pain relief from this uncomfortable condition. Part of their specialization in the field of prosthodontics included training in maxillofacial issues. Both are uniquely qualified to treat TMJ disorder and identify TMJ symptoms.

What is TMJ/TMD?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the lower jaw, also known as the mandible, to the temporal bone of the skull. These important hinge joints are located immediately in front of your ears. When they operate correctly and move smoothly, you are able to chew, talk, yawn, and open your mouth wide without problems. There are a number of reasons why this joint may not function properly resulting in temporomandibular disorder (TMD). Unfortunately, quite a few people suffer from this condition.

What are the signs & symptoms of TMJ/TMD?

People who suffer from TMD can experience persistent or intermittent pain that can be temporary or last for many years. The disorder is more common among women and people between the ages of 20 and 40. There are a number of things to look for that indicate you might be a good candidate for TMJ therapy.

  • Jaw popping or clicking when opening or closing the mouth
  • Jaws that sometimes lock in place, especially if you open your mouth wide
  • Pain or tenderness in the area near the jaw joint
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • A general feeling of tiredness in the face muscles
  • A limited ability to open the mouth wide
  • Persistent headaches, dizziness, or neck stiffness
  • Earaches or hearing problems

What causes TMD?

It's often hard to pin down possible TMJ causes. It can be the result of an accident such as a blow to the head or a sports injury. Another possible cause is the presence of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the joint. Persistent teeth grinding can lead to TMD. Stressed individuals tend to tighten facial and jaw muscles and clench their teeth thus stress is one of the most common causes of TMD. Even excessive gum chewing can overuse the joint and result in TMD symptoms.

What happens if TMJ is left untreated?

Unless you have a mild case of temporomandibular disorder, it is unlikely to get better without treatment. The more likely event is that TMD will worsen over time until the pain becomes debilitating, making it difficult to eat and get proper rest.

How can I relieve TMJ pain?

The Shalaby doctors treat each patient individually to find the best solution to provide pain relief. We have a variety of TMD treatments at our disposal and may suggest a combination of therapies depending on the situation. For severe cases of TMD, surgery could be required but for the majority of cases, conservative treatments used together provide relief. One of the most effective treatments is a TMJ mouthguard that prevents grinding and clenching. Relaxation techniques can also be very successful at providing TMJ symptom relief.

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