When people complain about aching jaws or a popping and clicking sensation, this may point to a serious oral health issue known as TMJ disorder, or TMD. Treating this disorder helps prevent complications, such as damaged teeth or problems opening and closing the mouth. Fortunately, we can help Fort Worth, TX, residents with TMJ therapy.
The Warning Signs of TMJ Disorder
Our temporomandibular joints are the jaw joints that connect the skull and jaw. We need them in order to eat or speak. When these joints become strained, TMD may form and with it, eventual problems opening and closing the mouth. Causes of strain vary, but could include dental misalignment, bite imbalance, tooth loss, improper restoration placement, bruxism (chronic teeth grinding), or injury to the jaw or face. Symptoms often include headaches, jaw pain, a popping or crackling sensation in the jaw, back pain, and aches in the face. Don’t ignore these warning signs, instead see us right away for treatment.
Creating Your Appliance
Treating the disorder means creating a unique appliance that fits comfortably. Instead of relying on traditional impressions, which involve biting on a metal mold filled with sticky, poor tasting material, we use digital technology. iTero® digital scanning offers digital impressions, in which we take detailed digital images of your teeth to create a 3D model of your smile. We use the model to design and fabricate an appliance. In addition to TMJ therapy, we’ve also used this option to create Invisalign® aligners, retainers, ceramic brackets, and more.
Treatment with TMJ Therapy
Once we create your custom oral appliance, you will wear it every night as you go to sleep. The device then repositions the jaw to ease tension on the jaw joints, relieving TMD-related symptoms and helping you enjoy a healthier (and more comfortable) smile. The solution also helps address teeth grinding and other issues impacting the health of your smile. In addition to TMJ therapy we may suggest orthodontics to correct misalignment and ease strain on your jaw joints. We have cosmetic orthodontic treatment options, such as ceramic brackets and Invisalign® aligners, to offer treatment that has little impact on your appearance. If you have any questions about our approach to treating TMD, or about our cosmetic treatment options, then please contact our team today.
READY TO TREAT YOUR TMD TROUBLES?
Our team wants to help you find the right solution for your aching jaw and your dental misalignment. To schedule your consultation and learn more about how we treat TMD, then please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in White Settlement, North Fort Worth, Springtown, and all surrounding communities.