The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is located at the side of your head, right in front of your ears, where your upper and lower jaw connect. If this joint becomes damaged, it can lead to a variety of very unpleasant symptoms and a condition called TMJ disorder. Dr. Tiffee understands how painful TMJ problems can be, and works with his Uvalde, TX, patients to find non-surgical solutions to this condition.
Do You Suffer from TMJ Disorder?
There are a variety of symptoms that go along with TMJ disorder, including the following:
- Clicking or popping noises in the jaw when you open or close your mouth
- Difficulty opening or closing your mouth
- Stiffness or pain in or around the jaw
- Pain in or around the ear
- Locking of the jaw joints (being unable to close the jaw when it’s open quite wide)
- Pain when yawning
- Pain when chewing
- Headaches at any time of the day, but especially in the morning after waking up
What Causes TMJ Disorder?
Quite often, TMJ disorder is caused by habitually clenching your teeth during the day and/or grinding your teeth at night. But there could be other contributing factors as well, such as arthritis or injury to the jaw. Whatever the cause may be, the symptoms of TMJ can have a negative impact on your overall quality of life. Fortunately, there are several treatments that Dr. Tiffee may recommend for his patients suffering from TMJ disorder.
Non-Surgical TMJ Treatment Options
The specific treatment recommended by Dr. Tiffee will vary depending on your symptoms. Since TMJ is often caused (or made worse) by stress, he may suggest relaxation techniques designed to alleviate anxiety. Simple daily habits such as chewing gum can make the symptoms worse, so Dr. Tiffee may discuss what habits may be contributing to the problem and recommend eliminating those. Medication is sometimes helpful if the pain is significant. And if you grind your teeth at night, Dr. Tiffee may recommend use of a night guard to prevent that from happening.
CALL OUR UVALDE, TX OFFICE TODAY
If you believe you might be suffering from TMJ disorder, or to schedule an appointment with Dr Tiffee, contact our Uvalde, TX, office today.