TMJ Disorder: Don’t Make Assumptions

When you’re making assumptions about what’s wrong with your smile and the areas surrounding your smile, you can find that when you make an incorrect guess, the consequences are more severe than you’d imagined! Instead, we strongly suggest that you come in for a dental visit with our team the moment you think something isn’t really right with your oral health. As a result, you won’t mistake TMJ disorder for something else (or something else for TMD). Learn a little bit more for the time being.

It Could Be Something Related

While you may assume you’re dealing with TMJ disorder, this might not be the case. Instead, you might feel uncomfortable as the result of something that is related, that often leads to TMD, and that may even be caused by TMD. It’s called bruxism disorder. It’s the habit that you perform (without doing it intentionally) as you grind and/or clench your teeth. You may also experience both issues at once. See us to find out which it is and what you need.

It Could Be Something Different

Having pain in the upper area of your smile? It could be a cavity, an infection, or some other issue. Don’t guess. Come in for a checkup!

It Might Be TMD

Yep, you might have hit the nail on the head when you assumed what you were dealing with was TMJ disorder. If so, we will take a look at the extent of what’s going on with your oral health and then tell you how we think you should proceed. Treating this problem ASAP is always to your benefit because it will only get worse as the days go by, which can actually end up leading you toward serious pain and injured jaw joints.

Protect Yourself From TMJ Disorder With An Appointment

All it takes to figure out why you’re uncomfortable and how to fix the problem is a visit with our practice. 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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Ready to fall in love with your smile, but not sure where to start? Send us a photo or a question of your smile, and Dr. Lathrop will respond!