The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jawbone to your skull. Each joint has a disc between the ball and socket that cushions the load of the joint. This joint allows you to move your jaw up and down and side to side. You use the TMJs to talk, chew, and yawn. Any issues with the TMJ and the associated muscles are called TMJ disorders. The following can cause TMJ disorders:

  • Injury to the head, joint, or muscles of the head or neck
  • Grinding or clenching your teeth
  • The disc between the ball and socket of the joint shifting
  • Arthritis in the TMJ
  • Stress, which can cause you to tighten the muscles of your face and jaw or clench your teeth

Dr. Vela and Arredondo are proud to treat TMJ in Corpus Christi, Texas. As TMJ disorders are often caused by grinding or clenching your teeth, our dentists may recommend a night guard. Teeth grinding and clenching also occurs during sleep, so wearing this custom-made mouth guard at night will protect your teeth and jaws from the effects of teeth grinding and clenching.

We encourage you to contact Vela Dental Centers Crosstown today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.