A poor balance in our bite impacts how our teeth fit together and may lead to a number of serious complications, including the onset of TMJ disorder. In order to correct imbalance and treat TMD-related trouble, we may suggest orthodontic treatment. How will our orthodontic systems help patients in Fort Worth, TX, suffering from poor bite balance?
The Cause of Poor Balance and TMJ Disorder
Multiple factors could impact our bite’s balance, but misalignment is a major one. Having poor dental alignment leads to serious problems with the way our smile fits together and places pressure on the temporomandibular joints. These vital joints connect the jaw to the skull and control the actions needed to talk and eat. Pressure could lead to TMJ disorder, which often causes difficulty fully opening and closing the mouth. Possible symptoms of TMJ disorder may include soreness in the face or jaw, a popping or clicking sensation in the jaw, headaches, and toothaches and/or tooth sensitivity if the patient also happens to grind his or her teeth as a result of untreated TMD.
TMJ therapy involves the use of oral splint solutions to readjust the bite and restore balance, easing pressure on the jaw joints. We will create a custom-made oral splint based on detailed digital impressions taken of the smile. The device will look very similar to a nightguard and will be worn at night. The care we take in designing and creating the appliance ensures a comfortable fit and precise treatment. The oral splint repositions the jaw to ease tension on the joints. Patients avoid further uncomfortable symptoms and obtain better oral health and function.
In some cases, patients may need more than an oral splint. Instead, we may suggest actually correcting your dental misalignment using orthodontic treatment. For younger patients, we may begin with retainers and other interceptive orthodontic options. For teens and adults, tooth-colored brackets and Invisalign® aligners will help correct dental alignment and ease tension on the jaw joints. The options we recommend will depend on the cause and extent of your misalignment and will be designed to help your uneven smile. If you have any questions about our approach to TMJ therapy, or if you experience any of the common warning signs we discussed in today’s blog, then please talk to our team today. Restoring your bite offers a number of improvements in your overall oral health.
Does Your Jaw Pop or Hurt?
Don’t let TMJ disorder threaten the health and stability of your smile, talk to our team today. To schedule your consultation and learn more about restoring bite balance, please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live In Rome, Haslet, Azle, all surrounding communities.