Your TMJs: Let’s Review Important Details

When you go down the rabbit hole of learning all about disorders associated with TMJ health, you may suddenly find that you’re in too deep! Before you get to the complex details, it’s important to ensure you understand the basics. Let’s go over the essential building blocks, so as your research and education continue to build, you are launching from a very solid foundation.

What’s A TMJ?

If we talk about TMJ health, it’s important for you to know what a TMJ is. This is a joint. It’s located at the point where the majority of your skull (the upper portion) connects with your jaw. It also provides movement. Without it, there would be no opening and closing (or side-to-side motions) of your mouth.

What’s TMD?

This is an abbreviation that refers to TMJ disorder. TMD is what happens when those TMJs of yours aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do with ease. They might be injured. You might be dealing with some strained or tense muscles or inflammation.

Why Is This Happening?

There are many reasons the joints may require attention. You may have overworked them. They may have become injured. It may have stemmed from bruxism. Whatever the actual cause, we can help you.

How To Move Forward?

As usual, the answer is simple: Schedule a dental visit. During this time, we can completely examine your TMJ health. You’ll know what’s going on and we will suggest one or more of our multiple treatments to alleviate pain and deal with the source of the disorder.

Protect TMJ Health With Our Team

We offer a comprehensive approach to caring for your TMJs, should you require treatment. 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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