Do you have recurring headaches, but aren’t sure why? Often, the root of the problem may be in your smile. TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, is a jaw joint problem that could lead to persistent head pain. Fortunately, we have treatment options to help our Ft. Worth, TX, patients suffering from headaches and TMD.
The Causes and Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
Our temporomandibular joints connect the jaw and the skull. We need these joints in order to eat and speak. But when the temporomandibular joints undergo excessive strain, then TMJ disorder may develop. Causes of the strain vary, but could be the result of misalignment, malocclusion, tooth loss, teeth grinding, or injury to the face or jaw. Over time, the disorder may eventually make opening and closing your mouth difficult.
Symptoms may include a popping or clicking sensation in your jaw, persistent headaches, aches in the neck and shoulders, or pain in the face or jaw. If the patient also grinds his or her teeth, then tooth sensitivity and toothaches could also develop. Don’t ignore these possibly warning signs, if you begin to experience one or more of these symptoms, then please contact our team today.
The Benefits of Orthodontics
We have a variety of treatment options available to help our patients. For example, orthodontics, such as braces or Invisalign ® aligners, reposition the teeth. Doing so relieves the strain on the joints while also improving the health and appearance of the smile. Correcting uneven smiles often helps stop TMJ-related symptoms.
Oral Splint Therapy
In most cases, we recommend oral splint therapy to stop TMD. We will create a custom-made oral appliance, one that will look and fit much like a nightguard. The patient wears the device while sleeping. The oral splint then actually repositions the jaw, which relieves pressure on the joints. For those that grind their teeth as well, the device also places a barrier between the lower and upper sets of teeth, preventing further damage during treatment. Treatment helps stop the progression of TMJ disorder and relieves common symptoms. If you have any questions about the waning signs of TMJ disorder, or if you think TMJ therapy is the right option for stopping your recurring headaches, then contact our team today. Don’t let this discomfort have a negative impact on your quality of life!
Looking for Headache Solutions?
If you have recurring head pain, then talk to our team about possible TMJ therapy solutions. We have a number of possible treatment options to restore your smile’s health. To schedule your consultation call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Ft. Worth, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.