TMJ Specialist

Serenity Dental -  - General Dentist

Serenity Dental

General Dentist located in Austin, TX

If your jaw is aching, clicking, or it sometimes locks up, and it hurts to chew, you may have TMJ. Dr. Mahwesh Razzaq and the staff of Serenity Dental in Austin, Texas, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ and other disorders that affect the jaw and the alignment of the teeth. Make your TMJ go away by visiting Serenity Dental.

TMJ Q&A

What is TMJ?

TMJ, or temporomandibular joint syndrome, is the name given to a set of symptoms centered around the joint that connects the jawbone to the skull.  

When this joint becomes injured or inflamed, it can put pressure on the jaw, moving it out of alignment. This jaw misalignment can cause a misalignment of the teeth which can create an imperfect bite, more pressure on the jaw, and abnormal wear.

When your jaw is out of alignment, the teeth will begin to wear differently and they can chip or break if too much pressure is applied.

The inflammation that affects the jaw bones and temporomandibular joints may also cause severe headaches and other types of discomfort in the neck.

What causes TMJ?

TMJ pain and discomfort can have several causes, among them are:

  • An injury to the face or the jaw: Forcing the jaw bones out of alignment, resulting in inflammation
  • Inflammation: Caused by health conditions such as arthritis or degenerative bone disease
  • Loss of several teeth that affects the alignment of teeth

Dr. Razzaq will be able to determine the cause of your discomfort and create a treatment plan that will help to correct the problem.

How is TMJ treated?

Dentists have a variety of treatment options that can be used to help correct issues associated with TMJ. The most common TMJ treatments used to relieve pain and discomfort from misalignment and inflammation are:

  • Muscle relaxers
  • Over the counter anti-inflammatory medications
  • Pain relievers
  • Physical therapy
  • Splints: Used to hold the jaws in place while a person is sleeping or resting
  • Minimally invasive surgery: To correct structural damage that may have occurred due to an injury or illness
  • Avoiding extreme jaw movements: The patient should avoid yelling, yawning and chewing gum

Dr. Razzaq may use a combination of treatment options to help the patient achieve maximum pain relief.

Insurance

We accept most dental insurance. Here is a short-list of some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Aetna
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
Delta Dental
MetLife
United Healthcare