TMJ Treatment Specialist

Kenneth Gonzales, D.D.S., P.L.L.C.

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Corpus Christi, TX

If you suffer from a sore jaw or if you hear it lock or click when you talk and eat, you may have temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. At the office of Kenneth Gonzales, DDS, PLLC in Corpus Christi, Texas, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ disorders. To learn more, call Kenneth Gonzales, DDS, PLLC, or use the online scheduler to book now.

TMJ Treatment Q & A

What is temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder?

TMJ is short for temporomandibular joint. Your TMJ connects your jaw to your skull. The disorder occurs when your jaw isn’t aligned properly. This misalignment causes pain and a number of other problems.

What are TMJ symptoms?

Common symptoms of TMJ are:

  • Lockjaw
  • Headaches
  • Face pain
  • Limited mobility in your jaw
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Jaw pain
  • Neck pain
  • Teeth pain
  • Ear pain

TMJ symptoms can mimic other conditions. Our provider performs a comprehensive evaluation before she makes a TMJ diagnosis.

What causes TMJ?

There are several things that contribute to or cause TMJ. Some of them are:

  • Misaligned upper and lower jaw bones
  • Clenching your teeth
  • Grinding your teeth
  • An injury to your mouth or jaw
  • Stress
  • Arthritis

Once it’s determined what’s causing your TMJ, our provider writes a treatment plan to eliminate the problem.

How can I help relieve TMJ symptoms at home?

Until you can get into the office for a thorough exam, there are a few things you can do at home to help alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ. Try one or all of the following:

  • Eat soft foods
  • Massage your jaw bone
  • Apply a hot or cold pack
  • Stretch your jaw and move it back and forth

At-home remedies won’t resolve TMJ, but they can help make the pain bearable until you can get professional medical care.

How is TMJ diagnosed?

Our provider physically examines your head, neck, jaw, and mouth to listen for popping or clicking, or places where your jaw might have gotten hung or locked. She takes an X-ray of your jaw and may request an MRI or CT scan to get a closer look at the source of your pain.

How is TMJ treated?

There are a lot of approaches and strategies that our provider uses to treat TMJ. Depending on what’s causing it and the severity of your TMJ, our provider may suggest:

  • Physical therapy
  • Pain relievers
  • Muscle relaxers
  • Dental devices
  • Splints
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Dental restoration
  • Orthodontics

If you’re suffering from symptoms related to TMJ, turn to the team at Kenneth Gonzales, DDS, PLLC. Call the office to set up an appointment or book online.