If you’re suffering from headaches, ear or face pain on a daily basis, you could be dealing with something we call TMD, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction. It’s a painful condition that’s incredibly common, despite the fact that many sufferers don’t even realize they have it. Often, the only thing they notice is chronic pain and discomfort — but that doesn’t have to be you anymore. Keep reading to learn more about TMD, including its causes and treatment, from Dr. Kurt Mackie, your family dentist in Boerne, TX.
Treating TMJ Disorder with the Family Dentist Boerne TX
The TMJ muscles are located right in front of your ears, and their function is to allow the jaw to open, close and move from side to side. And when something goes wrong with either one, you feel it. TMJ disorder is often caused by a misaligned bite. Knowing the symptoms of the condition can help you to identify the problem and seek an effective solution.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
When you’re suffering from a problem with your TMJ, your symptoms may include:
- Pain or tenderness in the face, head, neck and all related areas
- Light headaches that persist throughout the day
- Clicking or popping sensation when opening and closing the mouth
- Trouble chewing or opening and closing the mouth
- A tired feeling in the face
- Facial swelling
If you experience any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with the dentist you trust. Once you receive a diagnosis, a successful treatment is within your reach.
Treating TMJ Disorder in Boerne
Dr. Kurt Mackie is highly experienced in treating Boerne residents’ TMJ disorder. Because the condition is normally caused by a misaligned bite, one very common treatment option is an oral appliance that corrects or alters the way the teeth fit together. These devices are always custom-fit to meet your unique needs.
If an oral appliance isn’t the best option for fixing your TMJ disorder, Dr. Mackie may recommend traditional orthodontics with braces instead. While this treatment option is a bit more involved, in the end you’ll have straighter teeth and relief from your jaw pain at last.
Find a Solution for your TMD in Boerne TX
Dr. Mackie and his team know that even one day spent suffering from the painful effects of TMD is one day too long. When you’re ready to seek a solution for your jaw pain, contact our office to schedule your appointment for TMD treatment. We are passionate about creating excellent oral health for each and every one of our patients — and that includes you!