TMJ Specialist

Robert W. Kleypas, DDS

Cosmetic Dentistry & Family Dentistry located in Cypress, TX

Your temporomandibular joints assist you in chewing, speaking, and yawning. However, issues with their alignment or overall function can cause pain and discomfort, a condition medically defined as TMJ disorder. At his Cypress, Texas, practice, Robert W. Kleypas, DDS, and his team specialize in diagnosing and treating TMJ-related pain. To get treatment for TMJ disorder, call or use online booking to make an appointment today.

TMJ

What is a TMJ disorder?

Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect your jaw bones to the temporal bone in your skull, providing your mouth with a full range of motion. 

A TMJ disorder is any type of medical condition that makes it difficult for you to open and close your mouth. Every day, you open your mouth to chew, speak, and brush your teeth, but with a TMJ disorder, simple activities like these become nearly impossible. 

What are the symptoms of a TMJ disorder?

TMJ disorders affect everyone differently and present a wide array of symptoms. Generally, patients are unable to open or close their mouth comfortably. Other telltale signs include:

  • Painful, tender, or sensitive jaw
  • Frequent migraines or headaches
  • Audible clicks, pops, or cracks when you open your mouth
  • A change in the alignment of your teeth

TMJ disorders are also unique in that they typically only affect one side of your face, not both. 

What causes TMJ disorders?

Dentists and researchers aren’t entirely sure what causes TMJ disorders, but they’re thought to result from mechanical issues affecting your temporomandibular joints and jaw bone. 

Other contributing factors include grinding or clenching your teeth, high-stress levels, or a chronic joint disease like arthritis. 

How are TMJ disorders treated?

Most of the time, TMJ disorders are the result of an obvious underlying cause. Following a comprehensive oral exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your symptoms, your dentist can develop a treatment plan that aligns with your unique needs.

For example, if you grind or clench your teeth when you sleep, your dentist can prescribe a night guard. A night guard is a type of mouth guard that prevents your teeth from rubbing against one another while you sleep. 

If you’re stressed out or tend to slouch, your dentist can also provide guidance on simple lifestyle habits that will relieve anxiety and improve your posture. Your dentist also can prescribe simple facial exercises that promote relaxation.

Don’t let unexplained facial pain, or trouble opening and closing your mouth, prevent you from living your best life; call the office or schedule an appointment online today.