At Dr. Miller’s office, many of our patients deal with TMJ problems in Waco, TX, and we offer successful treatment options that allow you to live a life free of discomfort and jaw pain. If you have tenderness or pain in the jaw area, you may be dealing with TMJ and not even know it.
What Is TMJ?
TMJ is associated with the temporomandibular joint, which is located on both sides of the face and acts like a hinge to connect the jawbone to the skull. Any dysfunction in this process can lead to discomfort and pain. Symptoms can vary from mildly irritating to pain that is debilitating and constant.
TMJ can be treated by a medical professional, and it’s fairly easy to tell if you are dealing with this condition. Treatments are available and successful, as more than 3 million people in the United States deal with this problem each year.
What Causes TMJ?
TMJ is caused by different things in every person, illustrating how important it is that you get a full evaluation before you are diagnosed and treated. Some common causes of TMJ are:
• Jaw or tooth misalignment
• Poor posture
• Gum chewing
• Injury to jaw or teeth
• Teeth grinding
Many patients deal with TMJ for years and don’t realize that they have it. It only becomes noticeable when they start to notice pain or tenderness in the jaw area. It also may only happen on one side of your face. If you have regular problems when opening your mouth wide or tenderness and pain in your jaw joint area, you may be dealing with TMJ. TMJ can also cause headaches, dizziness, earaches, upper shoulder pain, and toothaches.
Schedule an Appointment
We have the experience, training and tools necessary to successfully treat TMJ and allow you to live a comfortable, full life. Call us today to make an appointment at 254-870-9026.