TMJ Disorders Treatment in San Antonio
Effective Treatment for Painful, Misaligned Jaw Joints
“TMJ” is an abbreviation for temporomandibular joint, which is another name for your jaw joint.
A number of conditions can cause stress on the jaw joints, which result in face pain, neck pain, headaches or other symptoms. These difficulties are known as TMJ Disorders (“TMD”). Dr. Daniela provides relief from TMJ-related pain using custom made mouthguards and orthodontics as needed.
Symptoms of a Malfunctioning TMJ
The following are typical symptoms of TMJ Disorder (TMD):
- Difficulty opening your mouth very wide
- Jaws that get “locked”
- Facial tenderness or pain around the jaw joint
- Clicking, popping or grating sounds when opening and closing your mouth
- Neck pain
- Head pain
- Upper shoulder pain
- Ringing in your ears
- Difficulty chewing
Causes of TMJ Disorders
TMJ disorders are caused by a misalignment of or damage to the jaw joint. TMJ issues can be caused by continuous teeth clenching and grinding, a misaligned bite or dislocation of the joint from its socket due to injuries. Sometimes a genetic disposition can cause the TMJ to develop problems, such as arthritis.
Our TMJ Treatment
To determine your treatment, Dr. Daniela begins by discussing your symptoms and thoroughly examining your jaws, bite alignment and surrounding muscles. She recommends a treatment program that is most appropriate for your situation.
Dr. Daniela creates custom-fitted nightguards designed to relieve the pressure on your jaw or help realign the way your teeth bite together. This can be effective in relieving the pain resulting from teeth grinding, clenching and bite misalignment.
Orthodontic correction with Invisalign® clear teeth straightening
Sometimes the bite misalignment is severe enough to require orthodontic correction in order to put your jaws and teeth back in their proper alignment. Dr. Daniela is a certified provider of Invisalign®, an orthodontic treatment that uses comfortable and nearly invisible clear aligners to straighten your teeth over time.
Invisalign aligns the bite and straightens teeth without the awkwardness and inconvenience of traditional metal brackets and wires. For adult patients who are not candidates for Invisalign, Dr. Daniela can provide gentle and effective correction using metal braces.
Learn more about Invisalign clear teeth straightening.
To make an appointment, call 210‑660‑5022 or click here to request an appointment online.