TMD: A Review Of The Essentials

Do you know what TMD is (Hint: It’s short for TMJ disorder)? Have you been told before that this issue may affect your oral health? Today, we’d like to break down the details, so you are more familiar with common jaw health concerns, so you feel more certain about your own oral anatomy, and ultimately, so we may help you keep your smile in exceptionally good health. Let’s go through some important details and you’ll be sure to walk away knowing a whole lot more about your jaw joints!

About Your TMJs

You will need to know what your TMJs are before you can come to understand TMJ disorder. A TMJ is an abbreviation for temporomandibular joint, of which you have two. One is located on either side of your cranium. Also referred to as your jaw joints, these are the points at which the rest of your skull tissue connects with your jaw. The joints act as hinges, providing your jaw with motion and you with the ability to chew, talk, yell, and the list goes on.

About TMJ Disorder

If you aren’t certain about the details, let’s start with the basics. This disorder, abbreviated as TMD, means your jaw joint or joints are not doing as well as they could be. Damage or injury could be affecting them, too much stress, improper positioning, etc. There’s not one underlying cause of the problem.

What You Should Do

You won’t always know that you’re dealing with TMJ disorder. This is why you should schedule visits to see our team for your twice-annual checkups. We can examine your smile and ask questions that let us identify jaw joint issues before they become apparent to you. Then, of course, we may offer a variety of treatment options, so the problem does not continue to progress.

See Us For TMJ Disorder Help

Come in to see us for treatments and therapy to alleviate discomfort associated with TMD. We invite you to schedule an appointment with your Katy, TX dentist at Lathrop Dental Center by calling 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.

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