TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, can lead to serious problems for your smile’s health and comfort, causing chronic pain and an increased risk of complications, such as bruxism (teeth grinding). Fortunately, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontics can stop chronic pain with TMJ therapy, a unique treatment that employs a custom-made appliance to address TMD.
Chronic Pain and TMJ Disorder
Our temporomandibular joints connect the jaw and skull, and are crucial for the movements needed to eat and speak. However, should these joints undergo excessive strain, then TMJ disorder may develop. The disorder may lead to headaches, pain in and around the face and jaw, popping or clicking in the jaw, and pain in the neck and shoulders. Patients may also experience difficulty fully opening and closing their mouth. The chronic pain will continue and may grow worse with time, unless if course we treat your TMD!
How do our jaw joints become so strained? Causes vary, but could include dental misalignment, tooth loss, bite imbalance, teeth grinding, or injury to the face or jaw. When we diagnose the cause of your pain, we will identify the factors behind your TMD, which is crucial for offering a successful solution. Following an examination, we will decide which treatment option or options will best benefit your smile.
Treating Your TMD
For people with misalignment, we may suggest either braces (with tooth-colored brackets) or Invisalign® clear aligners to correct dental alignment and prevent TMD-related symptoms. Doing so also corrects bite balance as well. However, some patients may not require traditional orthodontic treatment options. Instead, we may need to create a unique oral appliance. Using the iTero® digital scanning system, we will take detailed digital images of your smile and use them to create a 3D model of your smile. With the model, we can design an oral appliance that fits comfortably and offers treatment with precision and accuracy.
The oral appliance will be worn at night, and will look and fit much like a mouthguard. The appliance actually repositions the jaw to ease tension on the joints and relieve symptoms. You experience relief from chronic pain and could enjoy a smile free of TMJ disorder. The appliances fit comfortably since they are custom-made for your smile. If you have any questions about our approach to TMJ therapy, or if you have chronic pain that requires attention, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About TMJ Therapy?
Our team would like to help treat your headaches and jaw pain with our TMJ oral appliances. To schedule your consultation and discuss TMJ therapy, then please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Springtown, Rome, and all surrounding communities.