The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which connects your jaw to your skull, is one of the most complex joints in your body. It utilizes both a hinge action and sliding motions to enable your jaw to move up and down and side to side. Your lower jaw has rounded ends that move in and out of the joint socket when you perform routine functions such as talking, chewing and yawning. Cartilage covers the bones of the joint, and shock-absorbing disks separate the joint’s ball and socket to ensure that all movements are smooth.
Dr. Ronald W. Konig has extensive experience in TMJ diagnosis and treatment. If you’re experiencing symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), please contact Dr. Konig in Houston at (713) 668-2289 to schedule your dental exam today. Our dentistry office serves clients in Houston, Katy, Sugar Land and The Woodlands, Texas.
Causes of TMD
Due to the complexity of the TMJ, it is often difficult to determine the exact cause. The condition can develop from an injury to the jaw, TMJ, head muscles or neck muscles. Often, these injuries are caused by a jarring blow or whiplash.
Other possible causes of TMD include:
- Misaligned teeth
- Pressure on the TMJ caused by grinding or clenching your teeth
- Dislocation of the disk separating the ball and socket of the TMJ
- Damage to the cartilage of the TMJ caused by arthritis
- Stress which may result in a tightening of the facial and jaw muscles
- Allergies and breathing problems
- Missing teeth
TMD can be extremely painful. While this pain may be short-lived, it is possible for it to become chronic, lasting for many years and causing degenerative problems if left untreated. Common symptoms include:
- Jaw pain
- Ear pain
- Difficulty chewing
- Facial pain
- Locking of the jaw
- Uneven bite
- Clicking, popping or grating sound in the jaw joint when opening your mouth or chewing
- Limited mobility in the mouth
- Uncomfortable bite
- Facial swelling
- Neck pain
Worn teeth are not normal, but can be a common symptom of TMJ. As a result of TMD, you may suffer from cracked, loose, missing, chipped or broken teeth. To help you regain your smile, Dr. Konig can perform many different cosmetic dentistry procedures to correct these problems such as:
Experienced Neuromuscular Dentistry Treatment
If you have been experiencing some of the above-mentioned symptoms and believe that you may be suffering from TMD, our neuromuscular dentist can help you get the relief you need. Dr. Konig has extensive experience in the field of neuromuscular dentistry, which focuses on making sure the jaw is in proper alignment.
Dr. Konig has attended the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) to continue his dental training and learn all about the TMJ and neuromuscular dentistry. When performing your procedure, Dr. Konig will make sure that your bite remains healthy, preventing you from suffering from future TMD problems.
There are a variety of TMD treatment options, which can help move your TMJ into a more balanced position so that you can once again live your life pain-free. At your initial consultation, Dr. Konig will review all of these options with you in detail.
If you’re concerned you may have a TMJ Disorder, contact our Houston office today at (713) 668-2289 to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Konig. We happily welcome patients from Sugar Land, Katy, The Woodlands and nearby areas of Houston, Texas.