The holidays are great, but they’re also stressful. This is especially true if you have a family that includes small children or distant relatives who are coming to visit. It adds to your already long list of responsibilities this time of year.
All that added stress to your daily life can take its toll. Our team at Cosmetic Dental Associates see many patients who’ve been affected by one of the consequences of this chronic stress, which is called TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder.
The good news is that we’ve been able to help those patients not only find relief, but to stop the painful cycle of stress and TMD for good.
Today, we’re talking about some of the factors that make TMD and its various symptoms such a holiday killjoy and how we can help you put an end to it and enjoy the season pain-free!

TMD Pain Is A Holiday Killjoy

Your temporomandibular joint , or TMJ, rests below your ears. It’s the hinge you rely on all day long to eat, chew, yawn, and speak. That constant use can put a great deal of pressure on the joint and cause it to come out of proper alignment. This leads to malfunctioning and all the joy-killing pain that comes with it.
At first, it may not be a debilitating sort of pain. It may begin with mild discomfort when you do certain things, but eventually, it can intensify. TMJ disorder, or TMD, can bring a whole host of miserable symptoms with it such as:
-Earache Pain
-Muscle Stiffness
-Neck, Shoulder, & Jaw Soreness
-Clicking Noises In Your Jaw
-Frequent Headaches & Migraines
The sooner you address these issues, the better the chances of treating your TMD quickly and effectively. Dr. Moore can investigate your jaw problems and find the right solution so you can resume jaw function and get back to a pain-free life.

Teeth Grinding Is A Real Grinch

If you suffer from TMD, then you’re probably familiar with one of the common behaviors associated with it. Grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw, also known as bruxism, is something you might do without being aware of it. This only aggravates TMJ problems if left untreated.

Stop TMD From Stealing Your Joy

It’s one thing to be stressed about work, home, and the holidays. It’s another when stress becomes chronic, leading to potential systemic health issues because of the ongoing tension in your body.
This includes the pain, muscle tension, and teeth grinding and clenching that TMD can bring. The muscles in your jaw, neck, and shoulders can only take so much. After so long, all the built up tension can make your TMJ problems get worse, become more painful, and lead to more stress.
This vicious cycle can stop with proper treatment under the care of our professionals at Cosmetic Dental Associates.
We offer a variety of strategies to correct your alignment problems that cause painful TMD symptoms. Depending on your particular needs, you could opt for treatments like:
-Custom Splints
-Night Guards
-Orthodontic Treatment
-Occlusal Adjustments
Because there can be many factors that contribute to TMJ disorder, finding the treatment that’s best for you requires experienced professionals like Dr. Moore and our team in San Antonio. We can get to the bottom of your pain and treat it effectively so you can restore the peace and joy you deserve this holiday season!

Get Out Of TMD Pain Now!

TMJ disorder is the type of thing that can get worse over time if you don’t get it treated. The pain can intensify and make you more miserable. It can also affect your smile because of connection between TMD, stress, and grinding your teeth.
The holidays are the worst possible time to be miserable! It’s supposed to be a relaxing, peaceful time with the people you care about most.
Keep your sanity and your smile intact this season, and get help for your TMD at Cosmetic Dental Associates.
Call our San Antonio office today at 210-951-4444 (Medical Center) 210-942-5047 (Alamo Ranch) 210-934-8188 (Stone Oak) or fill out our online form for an appointment.