Temporomandibular Joint Therapy in Austin
The TMJ is the joint that allows the movement of the lower jaw along the upper part of the skull. There are ligaments and muscles that attach the lower bone called the condyle to the articular disk that rides between the upper bone or the temporal bone and the condyle.
TMD Signs & Symptoms
- Popping/clicking or grating noises in the joint
- Locking of the joint on opening or closure
- Pain in the muscles of the face
- Pain in the area of the joint
- Misaligned bite
- Excessive wear of teeth
- Fractured teeth
In trauma accidents or whiplash incidents, these muscles and ligaments can get stretched and damaged. When this happens, the disc can get out of position and noises can be heard on opening and closing. When the disc gets damaged and no longer sits in between the two bones, it is called temporomandibular dysfunction. Noises alone are not an indication for intervention but often these noises can progress to also having pain associated with them.
Dr. Bruno will order a test that shows her the actual anatomy of the joint. This allows her to discuss the risk factors of your joint issues and give you the treatment options available to you. Seeing the actual anatomy of the situation allows for a more tailored approach to your treatment because not every joint needs the same treatment! Please contact us today here in Austin, TX to schedule a consultation.