Do you experience pain or stiffness in your jaw? Are these symptoms often accompanied by headaches and popping or locking of your jaw? If so, you may have TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. This condition occurs as a result of injury to the jaw, misalignment of the patient’s teeth, and/or teeth grinding (also called “bruxism”). Problems with TMJ can negatively impact not only a patient’s sleep, but the quality of their lives overall. Now here’s the good news: Dr. Williamson offers a variety of effective TMJ treatments to his San Antonio, Texas patients!
More Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
Of course, just because you get an occasional headache doesn’t necessarily mean you have TMJ disorder. But if you suffer from several of the following symptoms, it might be an indication that you need TMJ treatment:
- Your jaw makes a popping or clicking noises when you open your mouth wide and/or chew food
- You experience stiffness or pain in the jaw on a regular basis
- You feel pain in or around the ear
- You have a hard time opening and/or closing the mouth
- Your jaw joint “locks” from time to time
- You experience pain or discomfort when chewing food or yawning
- You get headaches often – particularly in the morning after you wake up
TMJ Treatment Options
The first step in alleviating your TMJ symptoms is to receive a diagnosis of the condition from Dr. Williamson. This involves both a physical exam and X-rays of your jaw. Once we’ve confirmed that you have TMJ disorder, Dr. Williamson will take steps to address the problem.
Treatment options vary depending on the individual patient and the severity of the symptoms. Most often, effective methods involve a change in your personal habits. For example, chewing gum and eating chewy or sticky foods probably make you jaw feel worse, so Dr. Williamson might suggest that you avoid those for the time being. And because TMJ is often caused by teeth grinding, we might recommend that you wear a mouthguard at night to stop you from grinding your teeth. If stress appears to play a role in your condition, Dr. Williamson might suggest relaxation techniques to relax your jaw. If your pain is significant, we might prescribe a medication to alleviate that discomfort.
Contact Us Today
To learn more about TMJ treatments, contact our San Antonio, Texas office today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Williamson.