TMJ Specialist

Joseph Schmidt, DDS -  - General Dentistry

Masterpiece Smiles

Joseph Schmidt, DDS

General Dentistry & Cosmetic & Family Dentist located in Westlake, Austin, TX

Jaw, neck, and facial pain can be caused by temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. If you suspect that you have TMJ, you can rely on Masterpiece Smiles in the Westlake area of Austin, Texas. Joseph Schmidt, DDS, and his expert team offer various TMJ treatments to relieve your discomfort. Call the Masterpiece Smiles office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.

TMJ Q & A

What is TMJ?

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can cause pain in your jaw joints, which act like sliding hinges connecting your jawbone to your skull. TMJ can cause aching pain or sharp, severe pain in some cases. Getting TMJ treatment at Masterpiece Smiles offers relief from TMJ discomfort.

What are the symptoms of TMJ?

Common symptoms associated with TMJ include:

  • Ear, face, or neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Difficulty opening and closing your jaw
  • Popping or clicking sounds
  • Pain when opening your mouth
  • Pain with chewing

You might notice clicking sounds when you chew or open and close your mouth. If jaw pain is ongoing or severe, see the Masterpiece Smiles team for an evaluation.

What are the risk factors for TMJ?

The cause of TMJ pain isn’t always known, but certain things increase your risk of experiencing it. Examples include:

  • Genetics
  • Arthritis
  • Jaw injuries
  • Jaw joint damage
  • Clenching and grinding your teeth
  • Stress

Dr. Schmidt can help you find the root cause of your TMJ pain. He and his team offer treatments that reduce your discomfort and give you a better quality of life.

How does my provider diagnose TMJ disorders?

Medical providers can diagnose TMJ disorders after reviewing your medical history and symptoms and examining your jaw joint. They listen to and feel your jaw when you open and close your mouth. Your specialist might then have you undergo dental X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI to better understand what’s causing your jaw joint pain.

What choices are available for treating my TMJ?

Sometimes, TMJ pain goes away on its own without treatment. Other times, Dr. Schmidt might recommend one of the following treatments:

Home remedies

Things you can do at home to relieve TMJ pain include resting your jaw, avoiding gum and sticky or chewy foods, and using heat or cold packs. Also, try jaw massage, stretching, and jaw-strengthening exercises.

Medications

Taking anti-inflammatory medicines, pain relievers, and/or muscle relaxants can reduce the pain associated with TMJ.

Mouthguards

Dr. Schmidt and his team offer custom-fitted mouthguards that you wear at night when you sleep. The guard reduces teeth grinding, clenching, and TMJ pain.

Injections

Steroid and Botox® injections into your jaw can reduce the joint discomfort associated with TMJ disorders.

Surgery

If other treatments haven’t worked or you have severe TMJ pain, Dr. Schmidt might recommend that you undergo surgery to repair, remove, or replace tissues in your jaw.

Don’t live with painful TMJ disorder symptoms when simple treatments can offer you relief. Call the Masterpiece Smiles office today to schedule an appointment or book one online.