Studies show that between 10 and 12 million people in the United States suffer from a common oral health issue: TMJ disorder, also known as TMD. Caused by pressure on the jaw joints, this can lead to problems fully opening and closing your mouth. Fortunately, we can treat TMJ disorder with oral splint therapy or even orthodontics.
Frequently Asked Questions About Treating TMJ Disorder
Question: What causes TMD?
Answer: TMJ disorder occurs due to excessive strain on the jaw joints. The temporomandibular joints control the actions necessary to eat and speak. Without treatment, the disorder can lead to problems fully opening and closing your mouth. In addition, the issue has been linked to bruxism (teeth grinding), which can severely damage the teeth.
Question: When should I see the orthodontist?
Answer: When you notice the potential warning signs of TMD, then you should make an appointment for a diagnosis. Common symptoms of TMJ disorder include soreness in the face or jaw, a popping or clicking sensation in the jaw, and persistent headaches. If you also grind or clench your teeth, you may notice tooth sensitivity or toothaches. If one or more of these warning signs sound familiar, then please make an appointment today!
Question: What is oral splint therapy?
Answer: We provide a custom-made oral appliance, which looks and fits like a nightguard. The device repositions the jaw to ease tension and stop TMJ-related symptoms.
Question: Can orthodontics help?
Answer: Often, misalignment can be a factor behind the onset of TMD. We can use orthodontics to correct the smile, easing strain on the jaw joints and stopping TMJ-related issues. In addition, treatment cam improve your smile’s health and appearance! If you have any questions about identifying and treating TMD, then please contact our office today.
Do You Need Treatment for TMD?
If you have a popping or clicking jaw, then talk to us today about our TMJ treatment options. Schedule a consultation by calling our office today at (817) 236-7846. Located in Ft. Worth, TX, our office proudly serves patients who live in White Settlement, North Ft. Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.