Did you know that the joints in your jaw are responsible for carrying out a myriad of functions, including many of your lower facial movements? These joints also help facilitate your eating, speaking, and chewing abilities. They are called your temporomandibular joints, or TMJs.
The TMJs are joints on the sides of your jaw which rely on many important parts, including muscles, ligaments, discs, and bones all working in tandem for a highly complex system that allows your mouth to move in all of the directions it does. Due to the complexity of your TMJs, if any part of the system fails, a TMJ disorder can develop, which is called a TMD.
Symptoms of a TMD can range from slight pains to decreased abilities with your mouth and jaw. Jaw pain can occur, which includes irregular sounds coming from your jaw when opening and closing your mouth, or even lack of jaw movement altogether. Other symptoms include headaches, bruxism, and pain in various areas around your head, neck, and face.
Though TMJ Disorders may feel debilitating, various tools including night guards, mouth guards and bite plates, and even jaw surgery can help. If you would like to schedule an appointment with our practice for an oral examination to see if you are in need of treatment, please call our office at 512-258-1636. We are located in Austin, Texas. Dr. Dale Gallagher and all of our wonderful team are here to ensure your smile stays healthy and strong for many years to come.