When you suffer from dental misalignment, which includes crooked and crowded teeth, you may find your smile is susceptible to other oral health complications. The pressure on your jaw joints could cause the onset of TMJ disorder, also known as TMD. Over time, the disorder has been linked to serious headaches, jaw pain, and other uncomfortable symptoms. When should you see your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist for TMJ therapy?
The Causes of TMJ Disorder
The disorder arises when our temporomandibular joints undergo excessive strain. These joints control the movements necessary to eat and speak, and the disorder could eventually lead to trouble fully opening and closing the mouth. The cause of your jaw joint pressure varies, but could include tooth loss, bite imbalance, or untreated teeth grinding. In many cases, the presence of dental misalignment means jaw joint strain. As part of your treatment, we will identify the factors behind your TMD and discuss a custom treatment option.
Headaches and Other Warning Signs
TMD could lead to a number of uncomfortable symptoms for our patients. Some report persistent headaches, jaw pain, or a popping and crackling sensation in the jaw. Aches in the neck and shoulders may occur as well. If you grind your teeth, then toothaches and tooth sensitivity could occur as the teeth become worn down, cracked, or chipped.
Treatment with TMJ Therapy
For some, correcting misalignment is the best option, which means braces or clear aligners being employed to gradually and gently move the teeth into optimal positions, relieving pressure on the jaw joints in the process. Others may benefit from TMJ therapy. Using iTero® digital scanning technology, we take precise images and measurements of your smile, which we use to design and create an oral appliance. The appliance will fit like a mouthguard and be worn at night. As you sleep, the device actually repositions the jaw, a process that relieves pressure and helps prevent further uncomfortable symptoms. If you grind your teeth, the oral appliance also helps prevent further damage by placing a barrier between your upper and lower sets of teeth. If you experience any of the symptoms we’ve discussed, then please see our team for a diagnosis. We will help find the best solution for your smile. If you have any questions or concerns, then give our office a call today.
Do You Want to Learn More About TMJ Therapy?
Addressing misalignment is about more than improving your appearance. We also want to boost your oral health and protect you from complications, such as TMD. To schedule your consultation and discuss orthodontic care, then please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.