TMJ

Cedar Park Orthodontics

Steve Snodell, DDS, MS

Orthodontics located in Cedar Park, TX

If you experience jaw stiffness or pain that negatively affects your life, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders might be to blame. At Cedar Park Orthodontics in Cedar Park, Texas, Steve Snodell, DDS, MS, and the orthodontics team offer night guards and other TMJ treatments to alleviate discomfort and improve jaw joint mobility. Schedule an appointment with Cedar Park Orthodontics by phone, or book online at the first sign of jaw pain.

TMJ Q & A

What is TMJ?

TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders affect your jaw joints, which act like sliding hinges and connect your skull to your jawbone. TMJ can cause pain and other unpleasant symptoms when left untreated. The highly trained orthodontics team at Cedar Park Orthodontics offers symptom relief. 


What are the symptoms of TMJ disorders?

TMJ can cause a variety of symptoms. Examples include:

  • Pain in your jaw
  • Aching facial pain
  • Pain while chewing
  • Pain near your ear
  • Jaw tenderness
  • Locking in your jaw joint
  • Clicking sounds in your jaw

See Dr. Snodell and his team if jaw discomfort negatively affects your life, including your ability to comfortably yawn, chew, or eat.


What are the risk factors for TMJ?

TMJ often occurs when parts of your jaw erode or get damaged by trauma or disease. It can happen to anyone, but some factors increase your risk of experiencing the disorder. Examples include: 

  • Jaw injury 
  • Genetics 
  • Long-term teeth clenching or grinding 
  • Arthritis 
  • Connective tissue diseases 

Sometimes the cause of TMJ pain isn’t entirely clear.


How does my provider diagnose TMJ?

To diagnose TMJ disorders and develop a treatment plan for relief, Dr. Snodell reviews your symptoms and medical history. He examines your jaw joints, especially when you open and close your mouth. The Cedar Park Orthodontics team can take dental X-rays to get a more in-depth view of your jaw joint and teeth.


What are my TMJ treatment options?

Cedar Park Orthodontics providers discuss TMJ treatment options with you to find the best to match your needs. Examples include:

Night guards

Wearing a custom-fit night guard is one of the best ways to prevent pain and worn-down teeth associated with grinding at night. The Cedar Park Orthodontics team creates a personalized night guard that fits comfortably over your teeth when you sleep.

Bite correction

Dr. Snodell and his team identify and correct bite issues related to TMJ discomfort. They might recommend braces or Invisalign® treatment.

Injections 

Injecting corticosteroids or Botox® into your jaw can sometimes reduce pain associated with TMJ disorders.

Physical therapy

The Cedar Park Orthodontics team coordinates with physical therapists for treatment. They can work with you to stretch and strengthen your jaw joint to diminish discomfort.

Home remedies

Home remedies include heat, ice, massage, stretching, and relaxation techniques to reduce clenching and grinding.

Don’t live with debilitating TMJ pain when numerous solutions at Cedar Park Orthodontics can offer you relief. Book an appointment over the phone or schedule online today.