Do you often experience jaw pain or headaches? The cause may be related to your smile! Misalignment and bite imbalance could place pressure on your jaw joints, leading to a painful oral health problem known as TMJ disorder, or TMD. In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist discusses what to do to ease TMJ-related discomfort.
TMJ Disorder Facts
Our temporomandibular joints connect our jaw and skull, and are crucial for the movements needed to eat and speak. When these joints undergo excessive strain and TMJ disorder develops, this could eventually lead to problems fully opening and closing the mouth. The causes of the strain could vary, but may include misalignment, poor bite balance, tooth loss, teeth grinding, or injury to the face or jaw. If you have TMD, then you may begin to experience a popping or clicking sensation in your jaw, or possibly headaches, jaw pain, or aches in the neck or shoulders. Since the disorder could lead to, or be caused by, teeth grinding, you may also develop tooth sensitivity and toothaches as the grinding and clenching begin to wear down tooth enamel, or cause the teeth to crack or chip. Don’t ignore any pain in and around your face and jaw, talk to our team and undergo a thorough diagnosis.
With digital technology, we will thoroughly examine your smile, even peering beneath the gums to look at the jaw joints. We will also examine the teeth for tell-tale signs of wear and friction. From there, we can decide if you benefit from treatment. To address your TMD, we may recommend orthodontic treatment, which corrects misalignment and helps improve bite balance. We have two popular options available, braces with tooth-colored brackets and our Invisalign® clear aligners.
However, some patients may not need orthodontics. In our approach to TMJ therapy, we may offer a custom-made oral appliance. With the iTero® digital imaging system, we will take a series of detailed images of your smile, which we use to create a 3D model of your smile. We then craft an appliance that fits like a mouthguard, but also repositions the jaw to ease strain on the joints and prevent uncomfortable symptoms of TMJ disorder. If you have any questions about TMJ therapy, then please contact our team today. We would love to schedule a consultation and help you enjoy a healthier and more comfortable smile.
Do You Have Questions About TMD?
We would like to help you enjoy a healthy, comfortable smile with our custom-made appliances. To schedule your consultation and learn more about TMJ therapy, 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, and all surrounding communities.